Education Reform Assesses Policymakers’ View on Key ESSA Provisions

Education Reform Assesses Policymakers’ View on Key ESSA Provisions

October 17, 2017

In the third part of Education Reform Now’s series, Charles Barone and Dana Laurens write that “it would be more than a little surprising if a seasoned pro like Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) were to break the deal he made with his Congressional colleagues on key ESSA provisions.” However, the authors argue that since ESSA’s passage in 2015, Alexander “has been to say the least, fickle in his fidelity to the law he co-authored.” The article also says it is “important to note that adherence to the law doesn’t seem to be a matter of partisanship” because ESSA’s other Republican co-author and former House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline “went public in August with his concerns about state plans that violated key statutory provisions.”