Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Ann Kahl

Second Advisor

Dr. Valerie Schmitz

Third Advisor

Dr. Shannon Hart


The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, provides federal funding for equitable services to nonpublic school students, families and teachers. This act was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015 and replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). As it relates to private schools, the reauthorization of ESEA mirrors NCLB in all areas but three: (1) set asides discontinued; (2) state appointed ombudsman; and (2) state as the provider of services. Upon reviewing the reauthorized law, I found an area that allows for inequitable services to students who attend private schools wherein excess of forty percent of the students come from low income families. My policy advocacy recommendation is grounded in this inequity and call for language in the law that eliminates this inequity.