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TOPIC: Legislation Related to Student Support & Mental Health in Schools

After passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we did an analysis of how ESSA addresses barriers to learning and  the implications for enhancing equity of opportunity. See ESSA, Equity of Opportunity, and Addressing Barriers to Learning

Listed below is a sampling of legislation currently in place or being proposed that focuses on student/learning supports, student support professionals, and mental health in schools in a comprehensive, multifaceted, and integrated way. Also included is enacted and proposed legislation that change school policy related to student/learning supports (e.g., braiding or redeploying funds, infrastructure changes, ending corporal punishment).

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Center's Plans and Frameworks for Analyzing Legislation Relevant to Student Supports and Mental Health in School

A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies
Concerning Child and Adolescent Health

Published in a special issue of the Journal of School Health (February, 2008)
See http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/policy_law/ for more information.

Every Student Succeeds Act -- the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act

  • ESSA, Equity of Opportunity, and Addressing Barriers to Learning

    Other Federal Examples

    Some State Examples


  • Other Center Related Links

    Other Links

    Note: Obviously, there is a wide range of legislative activity focused on specific problems and programs related to such matters as bullying and violence, substance abuse, safe schools, before- and after-school, alternative education, parent involvement, service learning, and so forth. Good resources for searching for and tracking such legislation are:


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