Media Advisory

UnidosUS: Briefing on the Current State of ESSA and the Road Ahead

September 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC— On Thursday, September 21, 2017, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) will gather education advocates representing the National Urban League, and policy experts from UnidosUS’s education and civic engagement departments for a roundtable discussion to explore the current state of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. With the final window for states to submit their ESSA plans closing September 18, 2017, policy leaders and experts will weigh in on the progress of state implementation of ESSA, and what stood out in state plans.

This briefing will highlight how state education plans have fared in meeting critical provisions of the law; offer important insight on the role the U.S. Department of the Education has played in the process; and what to expect from UnidosUS going forward, including the release of our online Education News Bureau, Progress Report, which provides the public with direct information and perspectives on education issues led by and impacting Latinos. Policy experts with UnidosUS will also discuss how the Administration’s announcements on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policy stand to impact the education landscape.

Advocates and educators will also discuss on-the-ground efforts to engage and lift the voices of teachers, parents, and local leaders in the decision-making process, and to ensure state plans meet the needs of historically underserved groups, including low-income students and English learners.

Media are encouraged to attend and should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.


WHAT:Briefing on the Current State of ESSA and the Road Ahead 
WHEN:Thursday, September 21, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm
WHERE:UnidosUS Headquarters
ABC Conference Room 
1126 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
WHO:Opening remarks: Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, UnidosUS
Lorén Trull, Senior Policy Advisor, Education Policy Project, UnidosUS
Callie Kozlak, Field Campaign Manager, Education Policy Project, UnidosUS
Susie Saavedra, Senior Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs, National Urban League, Washington Bureau
Alexandra Hernandez, Principal at The Multicultural High School K583/ National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL) Fellow

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.