In sep­a­rate let­ters to Sen­a­tor Lamar Alexan­der and Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sion­er Can­dice McQueen, Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers and Coali­tion mem­bers urge for strong reg­u­la­to­ry guid­ance in the imple­men­ta­tion of the Every Stu­dent Suc­ceeds Act to inter­vene in ways that pri­or­i­tize the needs of under­rep­re­sent­ed stu­dents.

The Every Stu­dent Suc­ceeds Act (ESSA) is a key pri­or­i­ty for the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion, and has pro­vid­ed us with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with the Ten­nessee State Board of Edu­ca­tion as they devel­op the state plan. We believe this land­mark leg­is­la­tion pro­vides great promise to ful­fill the civil rights aims of the Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion Act of 1965; it also pro­vides need­ed frame­work to ensure the needs of all Ten­nessee stu­dents are met, and that schools and dis­tricts are held account­able for their achieve­ment.

Along with hav­ing Coali­tion mem­bers serv­ing on the Ten­nessee Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion ESSA work­ing groups, host­ing Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion John King for an ESSA round­table, and sub­mit­ting com­ments to the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion on the Pro­posed ESSA Rule­mak­ing Guid­ance, The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion has recent­ly sub­mit­ted let­ters to both Sen­a­tor Lamar Alexan­der and Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sion­er Can­dice McQueen.

The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion wrote the let­ters to express our shared com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ing strong account­abil­i­ty for all schools, ensur­ing access to high qual­i­ty teach­ing, and equi­table access to resources and sup­ports for stu­dents and schools.

Read the full let­ters below:

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