Topic 1: Discussion Question 1
The executive branch of the government is responsible for the U.S. Department of Education. What purpose does the U.S. Department of Education serve? How does this department work with States’ Departments of Education and local school districts? In your opinion, does having a U.S. Department of Education benefit K-12 education in the United States? Why or why not?
Topic 1: Discussion Question 2
In 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. The law was marked for decreasing federal authority over states and school districts in providing education, but it still assigns key responsibilities to these entities. Do you think these responsibilities help, “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access,” which is the official mission of the U.S. Department of Education? Why or why not? What aspects of the constitution do you see that apply to ESSA of 2015? Cite specific examples in your response.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Read “The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),” by Darrow, from General Music Today (2016).