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Oh, No Not Another Federal Program

Education is loaded with acronyms. Remember EPSS, HEP, ELL, CSI, TSI, SEL or C2C teams? I once thought I would write a whole "Know Your Rights" column in acronyms. Well, add a new acronym to your vocabulary: ESSA or the Every Student Succeeds Act. It will be used by all educator a great deal for the foreseeable future. ESSA is the successor to No Child Left Behind which preceded Race to the Top. The Obama administration in 2015 developed the ESSA which the Wall Street Journal called the "largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter of a century" (Severns, 2015). In 2016, Governor David lge mandated a Governor's ESSA Team to develop a blueprint for Hawaii's schools co

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