Making ESSA Work for Rural Students and Communities

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MakingESSAWorkCoverThe Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (the federal law covering career and technical education) provide a great opportunity to level the playing field for rural students and help revitalize rural America. As more control over K–12 education shifts to states and local school districts under ESSA, rural schools, education organizations, businesses, and policymakers will need to work together to ensure the new law is implemented fairly—and in ways that will help more students in rural areas.
What projects have you started or begun with others that might be expanded or enriched by ESSA? What might assist you with where you are going?
This brief guide, introduced at the 2016 Rural Education National Forum, which attracted more than 500 education leaders from 39 states, presents five key ways that rural schools can take advantage of the new law to increase educational equity and opportunity for all.

Published: October 2016

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