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New NNPA Chair talks about the Every Student Succeeds Act

New NNPA Chair talks about the Every Student Succeeds Act

New NNPA Chair presents bold vision for group’s role in U.S. Education Policy

Newly-elected Chairwoman of the NNPA Dorothy Leavell wants the group to be the primary source of information about ESSA for the Black community. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

Newly-elected Chairwoman of the NNPA Dorothy Leavell wants the group to be the primary source of information about ESSA for the Black community. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

By Lynette Monroe

(Program Assistant, NNPA/ESSA Media Campaign)

Dorothy Leavell, the newly-elected chairwoman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), said that she wants the NNPA to be the principal source of information for the Black community concerning the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The NNPA is a trade group that represents more than 200 Black-owned media companies in the United States that collectively reach more than 20 million readers in print and on-line every week.

President Barack Obama signed ESSA into law in 2015. ESSA, which reauthorizes the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, received bipartisan support in the United States Congress. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act and gives states more flexibility in crafting high-quality educational programs for their students.

The NNPA received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to increase awareness about ESSA with a focus on engaging Black parents.

Leavell, who is also the publisher of the Crusader Newspaper Group, stressed the need for parents to get more involved in their children’s education.

“We are endeavoring to ensure that our community is aware of the advantages and opportunities that go hand-in-hand with parental engagement,” said Leavell.

Leavell has been a member of the NNPA for more than 50 years and previously served as president of the NNPA from 1995-1999.

Leavell said that she’s looking forward to working with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, the current president and CEO of the NNPA and Dr. Elizabeth Primas, the program manager for the NNPA/ESSA media campaign, to facilitate conversations about parental engagement.

The new chairwoman added that the NNPA supports efforts to reduce the current academic achievement gap between Black and White students and to help Black students compete on a global scale.

 

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