MORGANTOWN— Interested parties will have a chance to offer input as to the direction of West Virginia’s public schools.

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is hosting a series of stakeholder meetings to collect input from the public regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.

ESSA shifts broad federal oversight to greater flexibility of primary and secondary education at the state and local levels. ESSA requires all states to develop plans that address various school related issue such as standards.

The WVDE has chosen to submit its plan to the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 18.

At first, the WVDE only held a few stakeholder meetings across the state but popular interest prompted it to host more. One will be held at on July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at East Fairmont High School.