AL Dept of Education in Huntsville to Talk About ESSA

Sep 6, 2016

The Alabama State Department of Education continues their community engagement tour across Alabama today with a stop in Huntsville.

The tour is focused on talking with community members about the Every Student Succeeds Act that was approved by Congress in December of last year.

The plan, known as ESSA, replaces No Child Left Behind. It provides Alabama schools with more flexibility when innovating and creating new plans for education.

Malissa Valdes-Hubert is the public information manager for the Alabama Department of Education. She says they want the community’s ideas and input on how to make Alabama’s schools better.

“We are going around the state giving some information about the law, but we want suggestions from the public on what would help their school to be more successful, what do certain groups of students need to, you know, just to succeed better.”

The tour stops this evening at 6 p.m. at the Academy for Academics and Arts in Huntsville. The department continues the state tour next Tuesday.