Federal Round-Up

Senator Kaine Introduces Bill to Help Fix Teacher, Principal Shortage

According to Andrew Ujifusa at Education Week, last week, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act, which “aims to address both teacher and principal shortages by broadening the definition of a high-need district under the Every Student Succeeds Act to...

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The Youth Mental Health Services Act and ESSA

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe writes in the Greeneville Sun that, in an effort to combat suicide among children and teens, he has introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) called the Youth Mental Services Act, which “takes an existing grant program authorized under the...

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States “Line Up” for Fed Preschool Grants

Politico’s Mel Leonor reports for that a “federal grant program aimed at helping states boost their preschool offerings will make its debut next month—when states can begin vying for a piece of the $250 million pot.” Under ESSA, the Preschool Development Grants program “is meant...

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Pilots for Puerto Rico

The US Department of Education announced “Puerto Rico as the first state to pilot a new student-centered funding system under ESSA.” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated, “Puerto Rico’s use of a student-centered funding system will help to ensure those with the greatest need receive...

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Senate Confirms Brogan as Assistant Secretary at DOE

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that the U.S. Senate voted recently to confirm the nomination of Frank Brogan as Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, taking over from Jason Botel, the Acting Assistant Secretary who “clashed with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., over implementation...

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“Redesigning Education” in New Mexico

Elizabeth Sanchez writes that, earlier this month, the New Mexico Public Education Department “partnered with Johns Hopkins University and schools across New Mexico” for a kick-off conference for the upcoming High School Redesign Network, which represents an “opportunity for high schools considered comprehensive support and...

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DeVos Plan to End ELL Office Stoking Equity Concerns

Corey Mitchell reports for Education Week that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plan to shut down “the long-standing federal office that supports English-learners,” comes amid “concerns from civil rights groups that the Education Department has already failed to ensure equity for English-learners—including approving state Every Student...

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Special Ed Testing Waivers Worrying Advocates

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that Education Secretary DeVos “has allowed nearly half of states to get wiggle room” from an ESSA provision “aimed at making sure that only a small percentage of students are taking alternative tests reserved for children with the most significant...

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