Funding Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
According to a new guide released by Futures Without Violence, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can provide states and school districts with improved ways to support a positive school climate and help address the needs of children who have been exposed to trauma.
Last year, Congress passed ESSA, a law that updated federal policy that provides new direction to states about how they can design their school systems, with particular focus on improving academic achievement among at-risk, neglected and delinquent students. In addition to offering states guidance on creating accountability mechanisms, teacher evaluation systems and other system-wide educational policies, ESSA provides flexibility to local educational agencies (LEAs or school districts) in designing student programs and supports.
Implementation of ESSA will not start until the 2017-18 school year, but as school districts begin complying with the new federal policy, Futures Without Violence presents a guide that includes available resources, program requirements and allowable use of funds under ESSA’s nine different titles, paying special attention to opportunities to prevent and respond to child trauma.