Get involved

The Every Student Succeeds Act is one of the most important pieces of federal education legislation in years.

What Education Minnesota is doing

A number of our staff and members have been working for more than a year to help shape what ESSA will look like in Minnesota and ensure educator voices are heard.

  • We have served on committees created by the Minnesota Department of Education to craft different elements of the state's ESSA plan -- accountability, assessments, educator quality and school improvement.
  • We're sitting in on weekly ESSA webinars hosted by the NEA.
  • We're lobbying state and federal lawmakers for changes and improvements.

What YOU can do

Educator voice is crucial as we move past the high stakes, test-and-punish rhetoric of No Child Left Behind. You can play an important role in shaping good public policy for future generations!

The Department of Education has announced a series of regional public comment hearings in August to share Minnesota's draft ESSA plan, answer questions and take comments from the public.

Register online to attend the hearing closest to you. All meetings are from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

St. Paul: Tuesday, Aug. 15
Wilder Foundation auditorium
451 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul

Rochester: Wednesday, Aug. 16
John Marshall High School auditorium
1510 14th St. NW, Rochester

Mankato: Thursday, Aug. 17
West High School auditorium
1351 S. Riverfront Drive, Mankato

Moorhead: Monday, Aug.  21
Moorhead High School auditorium
2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead

Sartell: Tuesday, Aug. 22
Resource Training and Education, first level training rooms
137 23rd St. S., Sartell

Duluth: Wednesday, Aug. 23
Denfeld High School cafeteria
401 N. 44th Ave. W., Duluth

Contact Paul Winkelaar at or 651-292-4837 if you're interested in getting involved.