After ESSA, More Hard Work

December 14, 2015

By Allie Grasgreen at POLITICO Online

AFTER ESSA, MORE HARD WORK: The hard work in Congress is over and lawmakers and their aides are celebrating passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. But the Education Department is facing a whole new, monumental task: making sense of the law and what it means for Washington and the states. President Barack Obama said just before signing the bill on Thursday that the law is only as good as its implementation. But just what implementation will look like is still very much up in the air. Still, there is a sense of urgency, and the agency hopes to answer the most pressing questions from states within the next week or two, a department official told POLITICO. Caitlin Emma has the story: