On December 10, 2015, President Barak Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Developed and passed with strong, bipartisan support, ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the nation's main education law.
ESSA advances ESEA’s promise of ensuring that all students – from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary, as well as low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, English Learners, and other historically marginalized students – have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college, career, and life.
For Pennsylvania, ESSA presents two important opportunities – the chance to move away from the prescriptive policies and unintended consequences of NCLB, and toward state-level efforts that enjoy broad, bipartisan support, including more equitable and predictable funding for public schools and valid measures of school performance that look beyond standardized test scores.
Pennsylvania’s proposed ESSA State Plan aligns well with the education vision and strategies of Governor Tom Wolf and Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera:
It probably comes as no surprise that the bulk of public school teachers with the highest average salary in 2016-17 live in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, where the cost of living is generally higher than in other parts of the state. But teachers in some southcentral Pennsylvania school districts have average salaries that aren’t too shabby either. According to data from the state Department of Education, York County’s Dallastown Area School District comes in with the highest average full-time teacher salary in this region at $84,701.
John Fan is a junior studying philosophy and mathematics at Swarthmore College.
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