U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will deliver remarks and participate in a panel discussion at the Education Commission of the States (ECS) National Forum on Education Policy on Thursday, June 30, in Washington, D.C. His focus will be the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the importance of implementing it in a way that supports and sustains educational equity and excellence for all students. During the plenary, "Every Student Succeeds Act 101: Putting States on Track to Success," King will highlight the Department's efforts to work collaboratively with states in transitioning to the new law in school year 2017-2018.
Earlier in the day, Libby Doggett, the Department's deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning, will discuss ESSA and its provisions that benefit early learners. As one of several speakers, Doggett will discuss how ESSA can support and enhance the policy work in states' early childhood systems.
The forum—which begins today and continues through Friday, July 1—brings together education leaders from across the country to explore K-12 through postsecondary education policy issues. Attendees will hear from experts in the field and gain knowledge about policy issues in their states.