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How To Explain The Sprawling Federal ESSA Law To Readers, Editors, & Friends

Mainstream news coverage of ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) so far has been skimpy & superficial, given how important the new federal education law is going to be in coming years.

But there’s still more than enough time for education reporters and editors to grab hold of the story.

Revisions and approvals to state plans are going to be a big education story this fall, along with in-state debate about how to turn approved plans into reality. And, as you’ll see, there are lots of easy and smart ways to cover ESSA (despite its scary-long state plans and slow timelines).