Academic journal article Journal of Law and Education

Commentary- ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION

Academic journal article Journal of Law and Education

Commentary- ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION

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Derek W. Black, Abandoning the Federal Role in Education: The Every Student Succeeds Act, 105 Calif. L. Rev. 1309-1373 (2017). This article offers an analysis of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed by Congress in 2015. It explores the changes in academic standards, testing and accountability, and federal power from the previous policies of the No Child Left Behind Act. The article argues that the ESSA nearly eliminates any power the federal government had in regulating education and gives almost full discretion to the states. First, the ESSA allows states to create standards for student performance and accountability. Second, the ESSA weakens school equity standards possibly widening funding gaps. Third, the ESSA hinders the federal government's ability to offset funding inequalities between states. …

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