MO schools depart from No Child Left Behind, look toward new pla - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

MO schools depart from No Child Left Behind, look toward new plan

No Child Left Behind was replaced in December (Source: KFVS) No Child Left Behind was replaced in December (Source: KFVS)
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

No Child Left Behind was replaced in December 2015 with the Every Student Succeeds Act, and educational leaders in southeast Missouri are optimistic about transitioning to the new law.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education approved Missouri's consolidated state plan for ESSA and it will be implemented at local elementary and secondary schools in Fall 2018.

The superintendent of the Poplar Bluff school district, Scott Dill, said he disliked NCLB’s emphasis on using single tests to determine whether a school is good or bad, and that the transition to ESSA as a welcome change.

“Within the circle of professional educators that I work with and know I don’t think anyone is lamenting the loss of No Child Left Behind,” Dill said. “I don’t think anyone is afraid of accountability in our public schools. Looking at what a school does is as important as looking at how a school does.”

The assistant commissioner at the Office of Quality Schools in Missouri, Chris Neale, said he believes in the purposes of ESSA and described as a ‘civil rights law’ that addresses groups of student that are historically under served or are underperforming.

“ESSA tends to move in the direction of protection, supplemental instruction, compensating in some way for those hurdles that our students have to overcome,” Neale said. “Places that were directive now provide local flexibility, state-level flexibility, options where leaders that know the problem best can use their judgment, their expertise to move things in the proper direction.”

Missouri will receive about $320 million dollars in funding each year the new bill is in place.

Neale added that a unique funding area is that $30 million of the sum will help fund the Missouri Leadership Development System, which offers training and additional support for teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

The Dean of the College of Education at SEMO, Diana Rogers-Adkinson, said that the university through their Continuing Teacher Assistance Program and that emphasizing this area through the ESSA is ‘extremely important.’

“The first couple of years at any job for any person can be a challenge,” Rogers-Adkinson said. “ its one thing to get good teachers in the classroom but making sure we build in that support and keep that moving as folks move into leadership positions. Missouri has really got a pretty good plan in place knowing that they have quality educators to help and make sure that we have quality schools.”

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Caruthersville man arrested on child abuse, neglect charges

    Caruthersville man arrested on child abuse, neglect charges

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 7:01 AM EDT2018-08-15 11:01:51 GMT
    Police arrested a man on two counts of abuse or neglect of a child (Source: KFVS)Police arrested a man on two counts of abuse or neglect of a child (Source: KFVS)
    Police arrested a man on two counts of abuse or neglect of a child (Source: KFVS)Police arrested a man on two counts of abuse or neglect of a child (Source: KFVS)

    Caruthersville officers said they arrested 46-year-old Kenneth Flanagan of Caruthersville on two active warrants through Pemiscot County for abuse or neglect of a child.

    Caruthersville officers said they arrested 46-year-old Kenneth Flanagan of Caruthersville on two active warrants through Pemiscot County for abuse or neglect of a child.

  • First Alert: Showers and storms could get stronger

    First Alert: Showers and storms could get stronger

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 6:49 AM EDT2018-08-15 10:49:09 GMT
    Rain is headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)Rain is headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)
    Rain is headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)Rain is headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    This afternoon and evening there is a small chance a couple storms could be strong or even severe with damaging winds being the primary threat.  

    This afternoon and evening there is a small chance a couple storms could be strong or even severe with damaging winds being the primary threat.  

  • What you need to know Aug. 15

    What you need to know Aug. 15

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 5:26 AM EDT2018-08-15 09:26:31 GMT
    The chances of severe weather are low (Source: Pixabay)The chances of severe weather are low (Source: Pixabay)
    The chances of severe weather are low (Source: Pixabay)The chances of severe weather are low (Source: Pixabay)

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, Aug. 15. First Alert Forecast We’ll have scattered showers and thunderstorms in the Heartland what will stick around for most of the show. 

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, Aug. 15. First Alert Forecast We’ll have scattered showers and thunderstorms in the Heartland what will stick around for most of the show. 

Powered by Frankly