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Philanthropy Ohio Urges Community Members to Participate in Regional ESSA Stakeholder Meetings

Release date: 8/29/2016

Philanthropy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education encourage educators, funders, parents, students and community members to engage in regional meetings to share thoughts and perspectives on the state’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA state plan (replacing No Child Left Behind) must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in early 2017.

“The passage of ESSA has shifted a substantial amount of broad authority from the federal government to state and local levels, providing Ohio with more flexibility and responsibility. As this plan is developing, collective engagement from our community members is critical to ensure all voices and perspectives are heard and that students and educators receive the supports they need to help our children succeed,” said Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D., president & CEO of Philanthropy Ohio.  

Philanthropy Ohio and its members, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, are hosting a series of regional meetings around ESSA and the state plan. Ten meetings will be held across the state between August 31 and October 6, 2016. State Superintendent of Instruction Paolo DeMaria will first offer an introduction and brief ESSA overview at each meeting, which creates space for local community members to gather, have honest discussions and share thoughts on specific elements required in the state plan that will best meet the needs of Ohio’s students. Key ESSA topics for discussion include assessments, accountability, educator effectiveness, school improvement and student supports.

“This plan will greatly impact the lives of our students, teachers and families in Ohio in the years to come. Let’s come together with a collective intention to engage deeply and contribute to this process as Ohio is making such critical decisions,” said Dr. Allen.

Philanthropy Ohio is an association of foundations, corporate giving programs, individuals and organizations actively involved in philanthropy in Ohio. Its mission is to provide leadership for organized philanthropy in Ohio and to enhance the ability of members to fulfill their charitable goals. It is co-hosting the regional meetings as part of its Education Initiative, a member-driven project to improve education policy in Ohio.