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December 7, 2016

Equity and ESSA: Leveraging Educational Opportunity Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains a number of new provisions that can be used to advance equity and excellence throughout our nation’s schools for students of color, students from low-income families, English learners, students with disabilities, and those who are homeless or in foster care.

In conjunction with the briefing, the Learning Policy Institute is releasing a new report that outlines the equity implications of ESSA and offers recommendations on how states, districts, and schools can leverage key provisions in the new law to improve educational opportunities, especially for our most vulnerable students.


  • U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA)
  • Kristen Amundson, Executive Director, National Association of State Boards of Education
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Kim Hymes, Associate Director of Federal Outreach, National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • Livia Lam, Senior Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Charmaine Mercer, Director, DC office, Learning Policy Institute
  • Sharon Tomiko Santos, Representative 37th District, Washington State and member,
  • National Conference of State Legislatures Education Committee
  • Stephen E. Parker, Legislative Director, National Governors Association


  • Caitlin Emma, Education Reporter, Politico