I am a teacher and I took the time to read what ESSA is about, since I had only heard rumors and not good ones either. But, in reading what goes into it, it really is the barest minimum federal accountability for schools. A lot of power goes back to the states. Most power is held by the state. States set their own goals and report back to the federal government. I don't mind having accountability, especially if my state can make those choices more locally.