Education Department Criticizes States Again for Their ESSA Approach

Education Department Criticizes States Again for Their ESSA Approach

October 9, 2019

School spending by the states is the latest issue to garner criticism from the U.S. Department of Education, as Andrew Ujifusa writes for Education Week. Information on school spending is mandated under ESSA and, so far, 17 states have reported it, with a lot more data to come. A DOE official stated at a recent event that only one or two states have done a good job of reporting spending information, but that most states are trying to “hide” their information “so nobody ever finds it, because if they look at it, they’re just going to be confused.” It was not clear which states the DOE believes have done a good job, but the official did indicate that the department is planning to “put out information about how states are handling this,” including the possibility of “shaming some of the really bad examples.”