U.S. Education Department Seeks Feedback on Schools’ Needs for Educational and Technical Assistance

Between now and August 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is collecting input from stakeholders, including school board members, on the educational and technical assistance needs of states and school districts in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The input you and other school leaders provide through will form the basis of recommendations on how those needs can most effectively be met.

To collect this input and formulate recommendations to the Secretary, the USED has established 10 Regional Advisory Committees (RACs).   (Asta Sepetys, Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School Principal has been named to the Midwest Regional Advisory Committee. Please see her message to stakeholders below.)

It is important that school board members’ input is received.  The USED is not accustomed to seeking our input, so much so that in Question 2 of the survey “school board member” is not even one of the thirteen listed stakeholder categories.  We urge you to check the “Other” category and type in “local school board member.”

We need to let the USED know that local school board members are critical stakeholders in establishing educational priorities.  We are hearing that charter school operators and charter management organizations are submitting lots of input. We need to make sure the concerns of school boards that govern conventional public schools are heard, too.

If you would like to provide input, you can use these easy instructions from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to answer the 5 brief survey questions posed by this online (Survey Monkey) survey .

Thank you for ensuring that local school boards have a voice in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act! 

Message from Asta Sepetys:

Dear Friends-

This is Asta Sepetys. I was recently invited to be a member of the Midwest Regional Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Education. My first assignment is to gather as much information from stakeholders who have a vested interest in education.

So, below is a link to a very short, “1 minute” survey.  If you have a moment, I’d love for our voices to be heard in Washington D.C.

Here is the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PML2GPN

Additionally, if you have a group that you’d like to include in the survey, that would be great also.   Please forward to everyone you know.  

Wishing you all the very best in the upcoming academic year –

Thank you so much!!


Background Information: The information gathered by these RACs will inform priorities for the Regional Educational Laboratories as part of the Comprehensive Centers program.

The Comprehensive Centers (Centers) program was authorized by Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (ETAA), Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) of 2002. The USED funds these Centers to provide technical assistance to State education agencies (SEAs) that builds SEA capacity to: support local educational agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improve educational outcomes for all students; close achievement gaps; and improve the quality of instruction.

Before a competition for the Centers program is held, the ETAA requires the establishment of ten Regional Advisory Committees (RACs). The purpose of these regional committees is to collect information on the educational needs of each of the ten regions. To the extent the Secretary deems appropriate, the Department will use the information submitted by the RACs, along with other relevant regional surveys of needs, to establish priorities for the next cohort of Centers.