State Superintendent Delays ESSA Plan Submission

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind and requires states to develop plans that address academic standards, assessments, school accountability and assistance for struggling schools.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) spent months gathering public input from more than 15,000 Ohioans before releasing its draft plan. Educators, parents, students and community members sent a clear message about how the state’s draft plan was not responsive to their concerns.
Released in early February, the state’s draft plan was open for public comment until March 6. Despite having a September deadline for submission, ODE had stated its intent to proceed with its submission of the plan in April—five months before the deadline.
State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced today that the Department “will delay the ESSA submission to the U.S. Department of Education to September.”
“This will allow more time to ensure that feedback received on the draft template can be considered carefully,” added DeMaria. To read the State Superintendent’s letter, click here.

Spring Scholarship Deadlines Are Set

CEA and CEA-R offer a number of opportunities for the children of members to earn scholarship dollars toward college. This year, the application deadline is Friday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m. The complete application must include the following:

1. A statement of the student’s personal philosophy and goals.

2. Two references: One from a current academic instructor with whom the student has studied during the past year, and one from someone other than a relative.

Scholarship guidelines are listed below:

• The parent or guardian member may request the application and guidelines from the CEA Office or download it from the CEA website.
• Applicants may be graduating high school seniors or students already enrolled in an undergraduate program at a college or university.
• Applicants must have a cumulative point hour of 2.5 or above which must be verified by an official high school or university transcript.
• Applicants must be full-time students while enrolled in college.
• Applicants must include a copy of the Student Aid Report from FASFA.
• Applicants must indicate all financial aid (other than student loans) which they expect to receive.

The Christa McAuliffe Memorial Scholarship, will be granted each year to a student majoring in education (unless no education applicants apply). This scholarship will be 1½ times the amount of any other scholarships awarded. To download the application, click here.

 

Send completed applications to:
Columbus Education Association
Attn: Spring Scholarship
929 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43205

Apply Now To Become A Teacher Leadership Initiative Fellow

The Columbus Education Association, in collaboration with the National Education Association, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Center for Teaching Quality, is seeking 30 CEA members to participate in the 2017 cohort of the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI).

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