Deadline Announced for Comments Taken on Federal Education Plan
OLYMPIA — January 27, 2017 — The first chance for comments to be made on Washington’s state education plan will end
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced today.
The plan, required as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017.
To date, more than 120 comments have been received from a variety of people, including educators, parents and legislators. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will examine each comment and determine whether changes to the plan are necessary.
OSPI will conduct a second comment period later this spring.
Reykdal delayed the submission of the plan to allow more time for public comment and to ensure that the plan fully and deeply addressed equity issues.
The plan addresses opportunity gaps in the education system, and works to promote equitable access and opportunity for all Washington students.
Comments to the plan can be made at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3105643/ESSA-Feedback-Draft
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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