NASBE’s Executive Director Kristen Amundson talks with Education Week about the new policy environment created by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
From Daarel Burnette II’s story:
The board members who meet in Washington aim to map out a strategy to handle the new policy environment under ESSA. They’ll discuss building community support, learn how to craft their own accountability systems, and hear from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
“There’s tremendous optimism, but [our members] are also nervous,” said Kristen Amundson, the executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education. “Now’s our time to set a strategy and a vision to create equity, high standards, and hold educators accountable.” Over the past several years, the membership of state boards has become younger and more diverse, Amundson said. While, in the past, sitting on a state board was the crown jewel for an accomplished educator, board members now range from bankers, lawyers, and doctors to outspoken parents…