The seasons are beginning to change. However, warmer weather and sunnier days are not the only changes on our horizon. The political season within our profession is changing too. With the election of new educational leaders at the state and national level, the way we operate will likely encompass both new growth and the pruning of old practices.
Just as you know how to dress for the weather by keeping a close eye on the forecast, I recommend that you keep a close eye on the education forecast too.
The current “long-term forecast” for education calls for a mix of implementation and possible revision of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This article from Education Week shares the letter that Betsy DeVos sent to State Chiefs indicating that she intends to keep the established timelines for states to submit their ESSA plans. There is speculation that the winds of change may also emerge within the accountability regulations.
As “weather-watchers,” we want to know where to turn for the most up to date information. For the climate related to special education in Indiana, I recommend that you keep an eye on the Indiana Office of Special Education website.