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What's in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for Social Studies? View this webinar to find out in greater detail the social studies provisions included in ESSA and what we need to do next to secure that funding and enable social studies educators to apply.

NCSS Advocacy Webinar
July 29, 2015 

Keep up to date with legislative issues relating to social sutdies education by signing up for the NCSS Action Center. 

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NCSS lobbyist Catriona Macdonald has informed us that Senator Peters’ amendment to allow parent engagement funds to also be used to support financial literacy activities was adopted by voice vote and added to the ESEA bill today on the Senate floor.  This means that, for the first time since 2011, there is a real possibility of continuous, dedicated federal funding for all four of the social studies disciplines. The Senate subsequently moved to final passage, and passed the bill with 81 bipartisan votes.

Below is an update from the Ohio Council for the Social Studies.

"The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is celebrating an advocacy victory. Governor Kasich has signed the biennium budget and the Ohio Department of Education has confirmed that new Social Studies assessments will be administered to 4th and 6th grade students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These assessments will be electronic, grade-level specific and be aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards for the Social Studies.

Below is a copy of the NCSS letter written to the Virginia House to help urge Virginia to continue their 3rd Grade Socials Studies and Science SOL assessments.

January 27, 2012

Honorable Mark L. Dudenhefer Chairman,
Committee on Education
Virginia House of Delegates

Dear Mr. Dudenhefer:

Over the next few weeks, states around our nation can join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in submitting waivers to the requirements of the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB).


Event Brief

Prepared by:

Della Cronin (
Washington Partners, LLC

January 28, 2010

On Monday, November 30, 2009 the Coalition for Community Schools (CCS) hosted a webinar sponsored by The Institute for Educational Leadership titled, "Race to the Top: The Implications for Community Oriented Schools." The discussion focused on how the core functions and services of community schools can help states achieve the goals enumerated in the Race to the Top (RTT) guidelines.

Info below is from ISTE and CSPAN
Frank Baker

President Barack Obama to Make Historic Speech to America's Students

C-SPAN and White House Web Site to Broadcast Speech Live

September 8, 2009
12 p.m.20Eastern Time
9 a.m. Pacific Time

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