North Carolina State Board of Education Policy Regarding Indian Education Council
In collaboration with the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, the General Assembly created the State Advisory Council on Indian Education to increase and maximize education opportunities for American Indian Students in North Carolina. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the State Board of Education. 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act is the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was approved by the U.S. Congress in December 2015. This law provides significant federal support for programs to serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade and replaces the No Child Left Behind law of 2002.

Video Summary of Native Education in ESSA
The National Indian Education Association has provided an update on Native issues in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Tribal & State Policy Associate, Dimple Patel provided the summary on behalf of NIEA.  Click here to view the video.

Some highlights from the video about Native education in ESSA include:

  • The U.S. Secretary of Interior is authorized to determine the standards, assessments, and accountability systems for schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education.
  • Through the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program, tribal education agencies are authorized to coordinate and collaborate with states in order to meet culturally related academic needs of Indian students.
  • States are required to engage in meaningful consultation with tribes in the development of state plans for Title I grants, which serve disadvantaged students. Local districts must also consult with appropriate officials from tribes or local tribal organizations before the local educational agency submits an application for a covered program under ESSA.