The Importance of Collaboration

A year ago, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act which is designed to limit the federal government’s purview on PK-12 education by shifting the balance of power to the state and local level. This November, the Coalition of Rural & Appalachian Schools issued key recommendations for critical aspects of ESSA.  In the final section of the CORAS report, the authors affirm their belief that at the heart of ESSA is the need for sensible and rigorous collaboration between state and local agencies in the education of our children:  “A state-dominant enterprise is unable to foster the learning experiences that are appropriate and applicable to students of the local community; a “purely decentralized locally-driven arrangement does not have the necessary resources to ensure that education prepares each student to become active participants in our a greater democractic society.”

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