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Developing Arizona's ESSA Plan

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  
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National organizations (including NSTA) as well as many state departments are in the process of sharing what ESSA funding can allow and the maximum funding Congress is allowed to allocate. At this time we don't know how much funding will actually be appropriated, or how individual states - including Arizona - will prioritize the funding or allowable program areas. No final decisions have been made in Arizona, especially without an approved budget. Arizona is just beginning the process of soliciting public input regarding ESSA. We are encouraging all interested stakeholders to submit their feedback.

General feedback regarding ESSA and the transition process, which will be used over the next several months to help draft and develop Arizona's state plan for ESSA, can be submitted via a survey at www.azed.gov/essa. That dedicated website also contains links to additional ESSA resources and gives stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the proposed ESSA rulemaking that was introduced in late May. The site will be updated frequently with information on stakeholder engagement opportunities and examples of comments as they are gathered.

Feedback also can be submitted via email at ESSAInbox@azed.gov and Arizonans are invited to join the conversation on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AZDeptofEducation) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/azedschools) using the hashtag #ESSAinAZ.

Interested stakeholders will have additional opportunities to share their thoughts on ESSA with Superintendent Douglas at any of her upcoming We Are Listening Tour events, which continue this month in Pinetop-Lakeside on July 19 and Payson on July 21. More events are planned through the fall and a full schedule is available at www.azed.gov/weheardyou. Further chances to provide feedback in person will be announced as they are scheduled.

Anyone interested in receiving regular ESSA updates from ADE can sign up at www.azed.gov/essa/essa-updates/.

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