HARRISBURG – Pennsylvanians may comment on the state plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind.

The new 144-page plan aims to give more decision-making authority to states and local leaders, in an effort to improve student achievement, according to a news release from state Sen. Michele Brooks of Jamestown, R-50th District.

The plan is available for public review on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website – www.education.pa.gov.

And the public may comment until Aug. 31through an online survey or email to RA-edESSA@pa.gov, Brooks said.

“It is so important that residents have a part in crafting this plan, because it will have a far-reaching impact on standardized testing, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism and more,” Brooks said. 

“So often, regulations are put into place by unelected bureaucrats who have a disconnect with the individuals and families in the front lines.”

The plan must be submitted to the federal government by Sept. 18.