The Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States

Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden, Afterword by Mitchell D. Chester
Cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-013-9
Price: 62.00

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Paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-012-2
Price: 31.00

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Pub. Date: February 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-014-6
In this foundational book, Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden bring together a cross-section of respected academics and journalists to examine key aspects of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


A balanced and historical analysis of the limits and impact of federal aid that encompasses varied perspectives on the perpetual struggle concerning who should control American education in our federal system. The book provides an incisive preview of what ESSA can and might stimulate in state and local school contexts. — Michael Kirst, president, California State Board of Education, and professor emeritus, Stanford University

This ESSA primer is a must-read for education policy makers. Diving into the history, politics, policy, and the possible opportunities and potential pitfalls, it vividly captures the enduring tension between the American values of liberty and equality, as well as the perennial debate around local control and federal involvement. Shedding light on how philosophy meets reality, this is an invaluable resource on how principles, process, and practice collide, and a clear affirmation of the game-changing role of educators in our classrooms and schools. — Hanna Skandera, secretary of education, New Mexico Public Education Department

Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden provide a good starting point for understanding ESSA’s policy landscape and a solid foundation for continued conversation about federal and state roles in education policy. — Joseph Nichols, Teachers College Record

Readers will have the opportunity to see both the positives and negatives associated with ESSA. — Denver J. Fowler, School Administrator

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About the Editors

Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Max Eden is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.