Aug. 8, 2016
Rules and protocols mapped out in ESSA Hub Committee’s first meeting
DENVER – About 20 members of a newly formed working group created to oversee development of the state’s plans for the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, met on Monday for the first time to decide protocols and rules.
The central Hub Committee made up of members from varying interests, including legislators, school board members, stakeholders, parents and education officials, came to early consensus on its mission: Remember that Colorado’s children are the central purpose for all of this.
“We need to remember that this is about the kids,” said interim Education Commissioner Katy Anthes, who facilitated the four-hour meeting. “They are our North Star in this whole process.”
The Hub Committee will provide oversight of the state’s ESSA plan development and will act in an advisory capacity to the Colorado Department of Education before the plan is submitted to the State Board of Education in early 2017. The Board will make the ultimate decisions for the state’s ESSA plan before it is turned into the U.S. Department of Education.
Monday’s meeting of the Hub Committee was the first of at least five meetings that will be held throughout the remainder of 2016 as the plan is being developed. Seven larger subcommittees organized around specific federal requirements will be meeting throughout the next several months to provide guidance to the Hub Committee.
The Hub decided that the goal throughout the process would be to try to come to consensus on issues to be sent to the State Board for final approval. If there is disagreement, a vote would be taken and reasons behind the split would be outlined.
The next meeting of the central Hub Committee will be at noon, Sept. 12, in the State Board of Education Boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver.