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NYC & the Forgotten Art of Teaching the Arts

“Why, in the New York City public school system, are the arts still being relegated to the realm of the extracurricular?” asks Penny Smith, Executive Director of Education Through Music. In this piece, which argues in favor of supporting the arts in education as a…


Rhode Island DOE Releases Star Rankings, Providence Schools Struggling

As part of the nationwide phase-in of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Rhode Island implemented a star rating system for its schools last year to help provide “a more holistic evaluation of individual schools than simply looking at test scores.” According to the ratings released…


Amid Failure, 3 Counties Offer Hope in Improving Outcomes for California Foster Youth

Many school districts in California are “struggling to live up to a now three-year-old federal requirement,” originally set by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to “ensure foster youth have educational stability.” Under ESSA, educational and child welfare agencies are to collaborate “to create transportation plans…


ESSA & DeVos’ First 1,000 Days

In The 74, Carolyn Phenicie takes a look at the first thousand days of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ tenure, noting that among her detractors, her department’s “weak implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act” is among “her most egregious actions.” However, to her supporters, “weakening…


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