U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz will visit J. C. Nalle Elementary School in Washington, D.C., tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, to meet with students and hold a roundtable discussion with educators and community leaders. The roundtable will focus on continuing efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and ensure all students have access to a quality education. A press availability will be held immediately afterwards.
Passed by both houses of Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama last year, ESSA expands the work that this Administration, states, school districts and schools across the country have already started. The new law will help build on key progress that the country has made in education over recent years—including a record high school graduation rate of 82 percent, significant expansion of high-quality preschool, and a million more African American and Hispanic students enrolled in college than in 2008.