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Board OKs submission of state’s ESSA plan to the federal government

By Jessica Hollingshead, Executive Director Support, Federal Programs Unit
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

After more than a year of work creating Colorado’s implementation plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), CDE received approval from the state board at their April meeting to submit the plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

In March, CDE was notified by the USDE that a state that wants to be considered in the early review window will have up until May 3rd to secure the required signatures and submit their ESSA plan. CDE expects to submit the plan soon.

Once submitted, USDE will have 120 days to approve the plan. 

Learn more about Colorado’s ESSA plan.


The Colorado public school system needs to reorganize the funding system so that state testing scores are not the only way a school receives additional funds. It is too often that schools are threatened with closure due to poor test results. School boards give each school the opportunity to correct the issue of low testing scores, but there is little additional help from the state to recover and rebuild the learning environment. When the school is threatened with closure, the moral plummets and negative attitudes become common. What is the leadership doing to help? How can the community assist? Colorado public schools can make enormous changes that will lead the way in innovative teaching practices that most effectively enhance the overall knowledge and learning environment for every student. Lastly, intervention programs need to be established to rebuild struggling schools so every Colorado student has the best and most effective learning experience. It is important that the Colorado education funding system is reorganized so that every Colorado student has access to modern equipment and supplies and intervention programs that will not only rebuild struggling schools academically, but bring new innovative ideas that are specifically designed for each school’s predicament.
-Manuel Adame

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