March 28, 2016

Washington, D.C. -  America Achieves Principal Fellow Eric Parker, the Executive Director of Leadership and K-12 Continuous Improvement for Montgomery Public Schools in Alabama, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as one of the 24 committee members who will draft proposed regulations in two areas of Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

Parker, who previously served as a school principal for Gwinnett Public Schools in Georgia, is one of four school leaders on this federal committee. As a committee member, Dr. Parker will help develop proposed regulations addressing issues related to implementing programs under Part A of Title I, Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies of ESSA. 

Said America Achieves Fellowship Director Sarah Zuckerman, “Dr. Parker’s appointment has incredible ramifications for children across the country, as he will be part of a small group of 24 leaders determining a framework for this crucial piece of federal legislation. I am confident that Dr. Parker’s guidance, experience, and critical involvement will result in many good things for schools and children.” 

"I am both excited and honored to have this opportunity to support students in this regulatory process to ensure there is equity in our schools across the country,” said Dr. Parker. 

The Every Student Succeeds Act is the newest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, replacing No Child Left Behind. The Negotiations Committee met for this first time March 21-23rd and will convene again April 6-8 with an optional session April 18-19.  Mr. Parker will act as a negotiator representing the other school leaders constituency. 

About America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals:

The America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals (AAFTP) supports some of the country’s most outstanding educators in their effort to impact education practice, policy, and public conversation beyond their classrooms and school. The highly-selective Fellowship provides a platform for sharing best practices, developing resources and tools, scaling effective teaching and school leadership, and giving educators a voice in local, state, and national discussions about public education. AAFTP is comprised of over 500 educators in 33 states and the District of Columbia. 

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