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ED Pauses ESSA Technical Assistance Efforts

In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it will temporarily pause its technical assistance efforts, specifically the weekly webinar series it had planned to carry out to provide States with guidance in drafting their consolidated State plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


The Department cited the recent executive order delaying the effective dates of certain regulations, including the regulations governing State plans and accountability under ESSA, as reason for the pause in technical assistance.  ED notes that it wants to ensure the technical assistance it offers aligns with the new administration’s review and interpretation of the regulations.


States are directed to use this time to continue stakeholder engagement and development of new State accountability systems, as well as overall implementation of ESSA.  ED states that additional guidance will be forthcoming from the new administration.

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Kelly Christiansen is an associate with the Washington, DC law firm of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. Established in 1980, the Firm is nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice, providing legal advice regarding compliance with all major federal education programs as well as the federal grants management requirements, including the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, they work with agencies on federal spending flexibility, allowability, policies and procedures, audit defense and resolution and legislative updates. The Firm provides government relations services for the National Title I Association.