All Eyes Are on the Federal Education Budget—But Local Agency Plans May Matter More


by Dana Z. Godek and David DeSchryver

The most profound shifts driven by changes in education policy often go unnoticed and tend to lag behind the hype cycles and headlines about federal policy and politics. While the proposed cuts to the federal education budget have taken the spotlight, how districts craft the new local agency plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will more directly impact how schools operate and what support services and tools they will need. These plans are beginning to show a magnitude of change that has—so far—gone under the radar.

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