Federal Round-Up

Top House Education Dem to CCSSO: ESSA Not a “Blank Check”

Virginia Democrat Rep. Bobby Scott told state school chiefs at the CCSSO Legislative Conference last week that “the Every Student Succeeds Act does give them more flexibility on setting policy and complying with federal law, it is not ‘a blank check,’” reports Alyson Klein for Education...

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DeVos Takes Part in “Fireside Chat” with CCSSO

On Monday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos participated in a “fireside chat” with state chiefs at the CCSSO State Education Leaders’ Conference. According to Politico’s Nicole Gaudiano, DeVos asked “K-12 education chiefs to “continue to raise the bar” as they implement the Every Student Succeeds...

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Trump Administration Outlines K-12 Budget

Andrew Ujifusa reports for Education Week that for the third year in a row, the Trump Administration’s budget proposal for the Education Department includes major cuts. “As with last year’s budget request, Trump wants to eliminate $2.1 billion in federal funding for teacher training under...

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Will New Mexico’s ESSA Changes Test DeVos?

“New Mexico is planning a major shakeup of its plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act,” writes Alyson Klein for Education Week. “And it’s not the only state that’s mulling changes. Among those with potential revisions in the works: Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and...

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Education Department Cuts and the Impact on States

Alyson Klein takes a look at how the U.S. Department of Education has cut staff during the tenure of Secretary Betsy DeVos. This streamlining includes the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), which oversees K-12 policy (including ESSA implementation) and funding. OESE, which has...

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Deciphering Washington State’s New Report Card

According to Neal Morton at the Seattle Times, late last year, Washington state “released new school report cards online for parents and guardians to see how well their children’s schools performed.” But the “website broke.” The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction then “stabilized...

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DeVos Delivers Remarks to National School Boards Association

Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a speech in front of the National School Boards Association. As part of her remarks, she noted that “there is no universal school safety plan that will work for every school across our country.” She notes that a “prescriptive...

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