On February 4, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register a notice of intent to engage in negotiated rulemaking in two areas of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): assessments under title I, part A, and the requirement that title I, part A funds be used to supplement, and not supplant, non-Federal funds.
Nominations for individuals to serve on the negotiating committee were due last Thursday, February 25. The Department is now engaged in the process of selecting negotiators. The Council for Exceptional Children collaborated with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in nominating potential negotiators.
Individuals who are selected to participate as a primary or alternate negotiator will be notified later this week. On Friday, March 4, the Department will post the full list of negotiators on the ESSA website at www.ed.gov/ESSA. Also on Friday, March 4, the Department will post a series of issue papers to inform committee discussion, corresponding to the topics identified in the Federal Register notice establishing the committee. The committee will convene March 21-23 and April 6-8, with an optional session April 18-19 at the discretion of the negotiating committee. These meetings are open to the public. Information on the time, location, and other logistics for the meetings will be distributed at a later date.