Obstacles to ESSA Implementation: An In-Depth Look at the Recent Changes to the ESSA and a Future Compliance Roadmap for Public Schools

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., director of professional education and policy development, King Spry Herman Freund & Faul
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Best For: K-12

In early March of this year, mere days away from a key April 3 ESSA implementation date, Congress swept aside the ESSA’s federal accountability regulations, effectively both overturning the regulations as they were drafted by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Obama Administration, and prohibiting the current DOE from promulgating regulations that are “substantially in the same form” as the original, ousted language. Citing a grievous overstepping of boundaries by the former federal department against the specifically-decentralized backdrop of the state-friendly ESSA, Congress’s actions were swift and far-reaching. Almost immediately afterwards, the current DOE issued a state plan application, along with new guidelines, that are causing concerns for many states, both with regards to substance as well as timelines.

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., a nationally-recognized school law attorney, for an overview of the changes, as well as an in-depth analysis regarding the effects of the changes on public schools across the country. She will discuss the specific provisions of the former regulations that post the most significant concerns for Congress and provide an overview of what legal accountability requirements remain intact, after the recent congressional actions. Ms. Gilsbach will offer helpful tips and tools for schools with regards to keeping up with the many and dramatic changes to the ESSA and will provide insight on what might be changing next.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Provide a general overview of the ESSA, the history of conflict between Congress and the Obama Administration’s DOE, and insight into the events that led to the overturning of the Accountability regulations that were finalized in 2016
  • Identify some of the specific requirements that were at issue and that were discarded with the overturning of the accountability regulations
  • Discuss the impact of the new changes on schools
  • Identify what schools need to do now to ensure legal compliance under the ESSA
  • Identify what regulatory provisions may also be on the congressional chopping block (and why)
  • Provide helpful tips, tools, and best practices with regards to future ESSA compliance for schools


Your conference leader for “Obstacles to ESSA Implementation: An In-Depth Look at the Recent Changes to the ESSA and a Future Compliance Roadmap for Public Schools” is Erin Gilsbach. Erin Gilsbach is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law. Ms. Gilsbach is the director of professional and policy development and an attorney with the PA-based law firm of King Spry Herman Freund & Faul and a founding member of the Greyfriars Institute, a nonprofit affiliate entity dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. She provides legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Ms. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by helping them to create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are developed not only upon consideration of statutory and regulatory requirements but also the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable case law.

Voted a "Rising Star Attorney" by her peers in Superlawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past four years, Ms. Gilsbach serves on the board of the PA School Boards Solicitors Association. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to joining King Spry and the Greyfriars Institute, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel.

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