Education Reform Now Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Second Round Plans

Education Reform Now Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Second Round Plans

September 27, 2017

In an Education Reform Now series, Charles Barone and Dana Laurens argue that as “the U.S. Department of Education (ED) undertakes its second round of state plan reviews under the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ (ESSA), it’s a good time to reflect on mistakes made in Round 1 and pay close attention to whether ED goes even further afield of its responsibilities under the law in Round 2.” The authors believe “ED’s continued failure to enforce ESSA will hurt students, especially those from historically disadvantaged groups whose longstanding inequitable treatment by states and school districts has always been the driving force behind federal education policy.” To assist their readers “in monitoring Round 2 ESSA plan reviews,” the authors have “compiled a list of verbatim, ‘bright-line’ provisions from the ESSA statute, 31 in total.”