ESSA Occupies ASD’s Territory Meanwhile Students Are Sidelined 

In this Chalkbeat article about the ever-decreasing role of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) in school turnaround, one can only deduce that the students – 98% of whom are black and brown children – don’t have a fighting chance. 

I’m gravely concerned about students in perennially failing schools and ESSA’s lack of urgency in righting the ships. 

Under the new federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, Tennessee must give local districts the opportunity to improve priority schools on their own before swooping in with its most rigorous intervention: ASD takeover.

Very simply: children do not have time to wait while adults figure this thing out. 

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