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GCP provides comment on state’s plan to align with federal education directive

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently provided public comment on Ohio’s draft state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

ESSA, signed into law December 2015, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.

The new federal education law is designed to provide states and school districts with greater decision-making authority and flexibility to design education programs based on their unique needs. To begin implementation of the new federal law, states are required to submit draft plans for how they will strategically align with ESSA either in April or September 2017.

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman highlighted that “high-quality education and a skilled workforce are top priorities for [GCP’s] membership. Greater Cleveland needs a strong, skilled talent pipeline that attracts new businesses, and we must retain those who make our region their corporate home.”

ESSA, and Ohio’s draft plan, provide the platform to maximize local control, which is critical for continued momentum on the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools. As a key partner for the Cleveland Plan and the Transformation Alliance, the local governing body that monitors the progress of the plan, the GCP also asked the state to consider the later deadline for submission of its draft plan to ensure that key issues raised by the education community can be fully addressed.

The Ohio Department of Education now begins the process of incorporating public feedback into its draft ESSA plan.

You can read the GCP’s full letter here.

To learn more about Ohio’s draft ESSA plan, click here.