The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will host a series of public comment sessions in April and May to help guide the state’s compliance with the new federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which includes the arts along with reading and math as a core part of a “well-rounded education” for every child.
Parents, students and educators and others are encouraged to share information about the critical role that the arts play in our classrooms during the public comment sessions.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was approved in December 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind. States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan will address issues of school accountability, student assessments, support for struggling schools and other elements.
“Every Student Succeeds is bound to demonstrate what we at the A+ Schools Program already know – that learning through arts is important at every age and that the arts help our children to become socially aware critical thinkers, communicators and collaborators,” said Michelle Burrows, Director of the A+Schools Program.
Schedule of Public Input Sessions
Each session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and are open to the general public. Audience members who want to speak (up to 3 minutes) will be asked to sign in and are invited (but not required) to bring a copy of their remarks to submit into the record of the event.
Wednesday, April 13: Ashley High School
555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington
Thursday, April 21: Green Hope High School
2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary
Tuesday, April 26: Mallard Creed High School
3825 Johnston Center Road, Charlotte
Wednesday, April 27: North Pitt High School
5659 NC Highway, Bethel
Tuesday, May 17: East Forsyth High School
2500 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville
Wednesday, May 18: Charles D. Owen High School
99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain
In addition, the public is invited to submit comments to the Department of Public Instruction through Let’s Talk. Simply click on the Let’s Talk link on the NCDPI at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/newsroom/lets-talk/ and then select the ESSA dialogue topic.
For more information on ESSA visit http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/program-monitoring/succeeds/