Update (Aug. 17, 2017):
We are currently in the middle of the public comment period on the Minnesota state plan to implement ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). The plan does not currently include specific mention of social studies education.
Please read the plan, and share your comments on the MDE website no later than Aug. 31. Also consider attending a public meeting with the Commissioner.
What is the difference between ESSA and HR 610, proposed federal education legislation? Jessica Ellison shares the basics of both (beware bouncy filming, courtesy of Jessica's nine-year-old daughter.)
Specific social studies funding is included in the education bill (Sections 2231, 2232, and 2233) that was negotiated in conference, between the House and the Senate. Contact information for members of Congress is listed below.
Department of Education ESSA website
Every Student Succeeds Act (passed December 2015)
Senate version, "Every Child Achieves Act" (passed July 2015)
House version, "Student Success Act" (passed July 2015)
1st District -- Rep. Tim Walz
2nd District -- Rep. Jason Lewis
3rd District -- Rep. Erik Paulsen
4th District -- Rep. Betty McCollum
5th District -- Rep. Keith Ellison
6th District -- Rep. Tom Emmer
7th District -- Rep. Collin Peterson
8th District -- Rep. Rick Nolan
Who is my Representative?
Visit the House of Representatives website and enter your zip code.