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News and Notes
Dear Colleagues,

I hope you're enjoying your summer. At the State Education Department, we just completed our July Board of Regents meeting where we highlighted changes we made to the draft Every Student Succeeds Act Plan in response to public comment we received from you and others. Also included in this edition of News and Notes is information on the:
As always, thank you for all you do for the students of New York State.


MaryEllen Elia

This week the State Education Department presented revisions to the draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan (revised summary available here) to the Board of Regents. Since releasing the draft plan in May, the Department received more than 1,070 public comments, both in writing and verbally at the 13 public meetings held across the state, and made revisions to the draft plan in response to those comments.
The revised draft plan continues to emphasize fostering equity in education for New York's students; expands measures for school support and accountability and student success; and requires school-level improvement plans for the lowest performing schools overall as well as schools with the lowest performance for certain student populations. The plan also includes strategies for supporting the professional growth of educators and ensuring that all students have access to a well-rounded, culturally responsive education that supports their academic and social-emotional development. 

The plan will next be submitted to the governor, who has 30 days to review the plan. Following the governor's review, the Board will be asked at its September meeting to take action to approve the ESSA plan so that on September 18, 2017 the State Education Department can submit the plan to the United States Department of Education (USDE) for review and approval. 

After the plan is approved by the USDE, the Department will work with BOCES District superintendents, superintendents, the ESSA Think Tank and other stakeholder groups to develop and provide guidance on implementing the ESSA plan. Further, NYSED is developing summary documents for parents and teachers to explain the changes in the ESSA plan. 

For more information on changes to the plan, view our news release and the  Department's ESSA webpage
reading Summer Reading Program

It's summer reading time! Over 1,000 public libraries across the state are offering free summer reading programs to children and families this summer. Last year, more than 2.1 million students and children statewide participated in a summer reading program

Visit the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website for more information about the program, including reading lists and to find a summer reading program in your community. 
foodSummer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program is up and running at more than 3,000 sites across New York.

Each day this summer, approximately 400,000 free meals will be served to children. The interactive USDA online map has been updated this year to provide an easy-to-use tool for families to find a meal site by address, city or zip code. 

OCEresources Office of Cultural Education Resources for Teachers

  • WMHT Vietnam War Resources - Capital Region PBS station WMHT is in the process of collecting Vietnam War experiences for a regional storytelling project leading up to the September 17 premiere of Ken Burns' "The Vietnam War". Do you teach students about the war? Educator lesson plans and stories can be used as teaching tools for others. Visit bit.ly/ShareVietnamWMHT for more information on how to participate. 
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Our Facebook and Twitter pages feature the latest news from SED as well as links to resources for teachers, students, and parents. 

Follow us on Twitter for ideas on what to do with your kids during summer vacation. On Twitter, you can search the hashtag #EducationVacation to find suggestions including museums, science centers, and parks. Let us know if you are taking an educational vacation with your family this summer by tweeting us using the hashtag #EducationVacation.

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