This is from an op ed piece in the Savannah Morning News on Sunday January 3, 2016. Here is a link to the entire piece:
Here’s what you should know about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). President Obama signed the replacement to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the irony was lost on no one. NCLB was enacted with bi-partisan support to wrestle the control of schools away from states because the quality of education was inconsistent with no accountability. ESSA was enacted to wrestle control away from the federal government and restore accountability to the states because the quality of education was inconsistent and there was too much accountability.
Georgia will still get to feed at the federal trough. Curiously, we are loath to take federal funds for many programs, but we will take the $10 million coming to us because of our high poverty level. The new act recognizes states’ poverty numbers over overall population.