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Illinois Education Board Approves State ESSA Plan

The latest draft of what will become Illinois’ new public education policy plan cleared its first major hurdle Wednesday, earning unanimous support from state education leaders.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday agreed to submit its final Every Student Succeeds Act draft plan to the U.S. Department of Education for review prior to next month’s early deadline.

The new act replaces No Child Left Behind, which had been in place since 2001. Though it’s a federal law, ESSA transfers partial control over education policy away from the U.S. government and gives it to the states, which are each required to draft individual accountability plans.