Today, across the United States in nearly every African American community, millions of parents are striving to do all that they can to ensure that their children receive the highest quality education possible. In many cities and towns, the public school dropout rate is now declining among African American students.
This is the perfect time to reaffirm the critical importance of attaining a good education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we believe, offers African American parents more opportunities to get involved in determining the quality of education for their students at the local level.
Once again, even while there are more legislative debates in the U.S. today concerning funding for education, until a different law is enacted, ESSA is the law of the land. Our task is to encourage more parental awareness, involvement and engagement.
What we are hearing from African American parents from the west coast to the east coast is that they need more information concerning how each state is planning to respond to the mandates that the new ESSA law requires. (Voice & Viewpoint)