Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

AFT Local 943

AFT TO SENATE: DON'T MESS WITH ESSA REGULATIONS

Mar 14, 2017

The AFT is urging the senate to reject a legislative maneuver aimed at trashing accountability and state plan regulations tied to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Issued at the close of the Obama administration, these ESSA regulations are by no means perfect but do reflect a full year of work "crafted with much stakeholder engagement" that included input, both positive and negative, from educators and parents around the country, AFT President Randi Weingarten stressed in a March 3 letter to senators. That work is in jeopardy now that the House of Representatives has seized on the Congressional Review Act—an arcane law used only once in any previous Congress—and voted to scuttle those regulations. The Senate is expected to weigh in next week, and Weingarten warned senators against following the House's example. Districts are planning for their next school year right now, the AFT president stressed, and "repealing these regulations now would not just be counterproductive and disruptive, but would demonstrate a disregard by Congress of school districts' operations and timelines."

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