The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was designed to not only encourage, but require involvement from families in creating school standards. Currently states are waiting for the Federal Government to approve their school standards for the 2018 school year.

This is where parents, families and advocates come in.

This is an opportunity to join the conversation on a district level by influencing your elected officials to develop plans that create and enforce standards for school excellence for every child.

Contact Your Local Affiliate

National Urban League affiliates across the country have been active participants in helping shape ESSA plans across the country. From reviewing plans and writing state leadership to sitting on school boards, our affiliate CEOs are leading the charge in making education equitable for all.

Contact your local affiliate today to find out how you can lend a hand.


From your Governor down to your local school board, elected officials in your community are responsible for creating and upholding fair and balanced school standards that set every child up for success.

Whether you're a parent, educator, family member, even a student, your voice matters. Don't be afraid to say something if you feel that your leaders aren't representing the interests of your community and your schools. Whether it's through writing a letter, calling their office or contacting them on social media, it is your right to use your voice to hold them accountable.