WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 15, 2016 5:31 PM
(Harrisburg) -- As a new federal education law is rolled out across the country, Pennsylvania educators and advocates are busy deciding how the commonwealth will adapt to it. US Education Secretary John King and state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera met in Harrisburg on Friday with advocates from around the commonwealth to discuss potential school reforms that comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA, as it's commonly called, became law late last year. It replaces No Child Left Behind, which had been in place since 2001. King said the new law relies less on strict federal regulation, letting individual states and districts customize their educational approach. "The way the law is structured, it's really a high degree of state and local flexibility with very clear, strong civil rights guardrails," he said. "And I think the ongoing conversation for the country has to be, how do we make sure that state and district flexibility is used for the sake of equity and excellence in every school?" Susan Gobreski, director of Community Schools for Philadelphia, said this is especially important in Pennsylvania because the needs of its students vary widely by district.
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