Civil Rights Leaders Tell DeVos to Give Revised Florida Plan the Thumbs Down

Civil Rights Leaders Tell DeVos to Give Revised Florida Plan the Thumbs Down

May 12, 2018

Jeffrey Solochek reports that, in the context of Florida submitting its revised ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education in April, civil rights groups “want U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to do to the second version what she did to the first—reject it as noncompliant with federal law.” In a letter sent to the Education Secretary, LULAC State Director Mari Corugedo and NAACP State Education Chair Shirley Johnson wrote: “As the plan currently stands, it excludes critical protections for our English learners, students with disabilities, students of color, and low-income students by failing to include required provisions for subgroup accountability, inclusion of progress toward English language proficiency in the accountability system, and implementation of native language assessment.”