As the new school year begins we need to see what has changed in our educational system, especially for African Americans.
For the first time in many years, the responsibility of educating students is returning to the states. The U.S. Department of Education has approved Missouri’s state plan for public education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Missouri’s plan is a commitment to ensure that all students have equitable access to high-quality education to help prepare them for success in school and life. Implementation of the plan begins now.
The plan calls for the inclusion of stakeholders, most importantly parents. To help reach that goal, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has outlined strategies addressing access, opportunity and equity, as well as support and development for teachers and leaders. Read more here.