Federal Roundup

Federal Round-Up

Handful of State Leaders Appeal Directly to U.S. Dept. of Ed to Reject Plans

October 5, 2017

According to Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II, after “failing to convince their own education departments to amend their states’ accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, elected leaders in a handful of states have appealed directly to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to...

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Senate Committee Discussed State Innovation under ESSA

October 3, 2017

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on state innovation under ESSA. During the hearing, Chairman Lamar Alexander commented that “Tennessee, Louisiana, and New Mexico have taken the most advantage of the flexibility” offered under ESSA, in terms of “creating innovative...

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DeVos Announces Upcoming Plans

September 26, 2017

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that Secretary DeVos told a gathering of secondary school principals on September 25 “that she wants to cut the federal red tape that she thinks is holding them back from serving students to the best extent possible,” and that “she’ll...

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PA’s ESSA Plan Creates Political Divide

September 25, 2017

Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan has “created a political divide over a historically tough subject: what to do about chronically low performing schools.” While under No Child Left Behind, “there were strict mandates for how states should deal with consistently low-performing schools,” under ESSA, “states must still...

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Dept. of Ed Approves Massachusetts’ ESSA Plan

September 21, 2017

The U.S. Dept. of Education approved Massachusetts’ ESSA plan. Secretary Betsy DeVos “praised the plan’s details on turning around low-performing schools and for emphasizing the share of high school students who complete accelerated courses.” She also said, “I continue to be heartened by the ways...

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PA’s Governor Signs Off on State’s ESSA Plan

September 18, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf signed off on Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan and “submitted it to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her approval.” The plan establishes “ambitious yet attainable” goals of “raising student performance, increasing graduation rates and having English learners move toward achieving English language proficiency.”

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Top Democrats in Congress Critiques DeVos’ Oversight of States’ New Plans

September 18, 2017

Top Democrats in Congress “say that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ oversight of states’ new plans for education has ‘failed to adequately address several shortcomings’ in plans that have been turned in so far, and urged the secretary to do better in the next...

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AL Granted Extra Time to Submit ESSA Plan

September 14, 2017

Alabama has been granted extra time to submit their ESSA plan due to Hurricane Irma.

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CA Receives Waiver from U.S. Dept. of Ed

September 13, 2017

EdSource reports that California received a waiver from the U.S. Dept. of Education from “administering outdated science tests, instead allowing it to give students pilot tests based on new science standards.” However, “the department granted the waiver only for the just completed school year,” and “made...

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Education Week Takes a Look at 4 Takeaways from Approved ESSA Plans

September 12, 2017

Education Week’s Alyson Klein takes a look at the four takeaways from the first state plans to receive approvals from the U.S. Dept. of Education for their ESSA plans. These include: States didn’t make big revisions to areas flagged by the department; States fixed areas...

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Dept. of Ed Approves AZ’s ESSA Plan

September 7, 2017

Arizona’s ESSA plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In its approval notice, the department “highlighted several aspects of Arizona’s state plan, including the ability of elementary and middle schools to earn additional points in its accountability system for accelerating student achievement.”...

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Dept. of Ed Approves ND’s ESSA Plan

September 1, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved North Dakota’s ESSA plan. The department highlighted the state’s “Choice Ready” framework “that will measure how effectively schools are preparing students for success after high school,”  and its use of a survey “incorporating student responses to measure the extent to...

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Dept. of Ed Approves ESSA Plans for VT and ME

August 31, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved state ESSA plans for Vermont and Maine. The department highlighted Vermont’s “inclusion of physical fitness in its accountability system” and “tracking the percentage of high school students who go on to college, the workforce, military, or trade school 16 months...

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Dept. of Ed Approves 4 State ESSA Plans

August 30, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved four state ESSA plans – the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. “As more and more state plans come under the department’s review, I am heartened to see how states have embraced the spirit of flexibility under ESSA to...

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Former Rep. Kline Discusses Testing under ESSA

August 25, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-MN) – past chairman of the House Education & Workforce Committee and one of the co-authors of ESSA – discusses the role of annual testing in the law he helped craft. ESSA continues requiring a single state achievement test system...

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District Leaders Call for More Input on Federal Money

August 24, 2017

“For decades, district leaders have been clamoring for more say over how they spend their federal money,” reports Alyson Klein of Education Week. “And when ESSA passed back in 2015, it looked like they had finally gotten their wish: a brand-new $1.6 billion block grant...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Approved CT and LA’s ESSA Plans

August 15, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved ESSA plans from Connecticut and Louisiana.

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Issues Feedback on CO’s ESSA Plan

August 14, 2017

The Dept. of Education issued feedback on Colorado’s ESSA plan. Federal officials directed the state agency to reconfigure “its student achievement goals and academic achievement indicator so that they are based on straight up proficiency rates, not scale scores,” and to provide more information on...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases Feedback on AZ, ND, and VT’s ESSA Plans

August 10, 2017

The Dept. of Education released feedback on Arizona, North Dakota, and Vermont’s ESSA plans. As reported by Education Week, Arizona “will need to change the way that science factors into its accountability system.” North Dakota “needs to do a better job of explaining how student...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Approves NV, NJ, and NM’s ESSA Plans

August 9, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved Nevada, New Jersey, and New Mexico’s ESSA plans. States must implement their plans for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Dept. of Ed Releases Feedback on MI’s ESSA Plans

August 8, 2017

The Dept. of Education released feedback on Michigan’s ESSA plans. In a departure from the other feedback we’ve seen, Education Week’s Alyson Klein wrote, “The department told the state chief, Brian Whiston, the information it provided ‘was insufficient’ to ‘adequately review’ the section of the...

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Dept. of Ed Responds to ND’s Proposed ESSA Plan

August 7, 2017

The Dept. of Education responded to North Dakota’s proposed ESSA plan. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler noted that “Education Department officials have requested additional information on several parts of the state’s plan, and the department’s evaluation of the plan and notes from the expert peer reviewers...

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Dept. of Ed Issues Feedback to DC and IL

August 4, 2017

The Dept. of Education issued feedback on Washington D.C.’s and Illinois’ ESSA plans. The department commented that D.C. “cannot use tests like the SAT and ACT in its academic achievement indicators,” and “did not clearly describe its measure for differentiating school performance.” Illinois also has...

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State Plan Submissions – So Far

April 5, 2017

  On April 3, states began to submit their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. So far, here’s the coverage we’ve seen of those submissions: Connecticut: Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner of Education is looking forward to “the work ahead in ensuring all Connecticut...

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Monday’s the Big Day: State Plan Submissions

March 29, 2017

In the past year, many experts and organizations have shared guidance on how states should think about creating their state plans and what key provisions they should be sure to include. In advance of the April 3 state plan submissions to the U.S. Dept. of...

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Handful of State Leaders Appeal Directly to U.S. Dept. of Ed to Reject Plans

October 5, 2017

According to Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II, after “failing to convince their own education departments to amend their states’ accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, elected leaders in a handful of states have appealed directly to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to...

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DeVos Announces Upcoming Plans

September 26, 2017

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that Secretary DeVos told a gathering of secondary school principals on September 25 “that she wants to cut the federal red tape that she thinks is holding them back from serving students to the best extent possible,” and that “she’ll...

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Dept. of Ed Approves Massachusetts’ ESSA Plan

September 21, 2017

The U.S. Dept. of Education approved Massachusetts’ ESSA plan. Secretary Betsy DeVos “praised the plan’s details on turning around low-performing schools and for emphasizing the share of high school students who complete accelerated courses.” She also said, “I continue to be heartened by the ways...

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Top Democrats in Congress Critiques DeVos’ Oversight of States’ New Plans

September 18, 2017

Top Democrats in Congress “say that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ oversight of states’ new plans for education has ‘failed to adequately address several shortcomings’ in plans that have been turned in so far, and urged the secretary to do better in the next...

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CA Receives Waiver from U.S. Dept. of Ed

September 13, 2017

EdSource reports that California received a waiver from the U.S. Dept. of Education from “administering outdated science tests, instead allowing it to give students pilot tests based on new science standards.” However, “the department granted the waiver only for the just completed school year,” and “made...

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Dept. of Ed Approves AZ’s ESSA Plan

September 7, 2017

Arizona’s ESSA plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In its approval notice, the department “highlighted several aspects of Arizona’s state plan, including the ability of elementary and middle schools to earn additional points in its accountability system for accelerating student achievement.”...

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Dept. of Ed Approves ESSA Plans for VT and ME

August 31, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved state ESSA plans for Vermont and Maine. The department highlighted Vermont’s “inclusion of physical fitness in its accountability system” and “tracking the percentage of high school students who go on to college, the workforce, military, or trade school 16 months...

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Dept. of Ed Approves 4 State ESSA Plans

August 30, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved four state ESSA plans – the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. “As more and more state plans come under the department’s review, I am heartened to see how states have embraced the spirit of flexibility under ESSA to...

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Former Rep. Kline Discusses Testing under ESSA

August 25, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-MN) – past chairman of the House Education & Workforce Committee and one of the co-authors of ESSA – discusses the role of annual testing in the law he helped craft. ESSA continues requiring a single state achievement test system...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Approved CT and LA’s ESSA Plans

August 15, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved ESSA plans from Connecticut and Louisiana.

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Issues Feedback on CO’s ESSA Plan

August 14, 2017

The Dept. of Education issued feedback on Colorado’s ESSA plan. Federal officials directed the state agency to reconfigure “its student achievement goals and academic achievement indicator so that they are based on straight up proficiency rates, not scale scores,” and to provide more information on...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases Feedback on AZ, ND, and VT’s ESSA Plans

August 10, 2017

The Dept. of Education released feedback on Arizona, North Dakota, and Vermont’s ESSA plans. As reported by Education Week, Arizona “will need to change the way that science factors into its accountability system.” North Dakota “needs to do a better job of explaining how student...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Approves NV, NJ, and NM’s ESSA Plans

August 9, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved Nevada, New Jersey, and New Mexico’s ESSA plans. States must implement their plans for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Dept. of Ed Releases Feedback on MI’s ESSA Plans

August 8, 2017

The Dept. of Education released feedback on Michigan’s ESSA plans. In a departure from the other feedback we’ve seen, Education Week’s Alyson Klein wrote, “The department told the state chief, Brian Whiston, the information it provided ‘was insufficient’ to ‘adequately review’ the section of the...

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Dept. of Ed Responds to ND’s Proposed ESSA Plan

August 7, 2017

The Dept. of Education responded to North Dakota’s proposed ESSA plan. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler noted that “Education Department officials have requested additional information on several parts of the state’s plan, and the department’s evaluation of the plan and notes from the expert peer reviewers...

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Dept. of Ed Issues Feedback to DC and IL

August 4, 2017

The Dept. of Education issued feedback on Washington D.C.’s and Illinois’ ESSA plans. The department commented that D.C. “cannot use tests like the SAT and ACT in its academic achievement indicators,” and “did not clearly describe its measure for differentiating school performance.” Illinois also has...

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Delaware’s ESSA Plan Gets Approved

August 1, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved Delaware’s ESSA plan, making it the first state to have its plan approved.

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U.S. Dept. Announces New Rules for ESSA Feedback

July 27, 2017

In response to complaint that the Dept. of Education is being “nit-picky, inconsistent, and going beyond the bounds of ESSA,” Elizabeth Hill, the department’s spokeswoman, announced that the “department will have two-hour phone conversations with states and go over any of the issues that peer...

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New Feedback from U.S. Dept. of Ed

July 6, 2017

The Dept. of Education sent feedback to five more states on their draft ESSA plans. The department requested that “states fill in missing information or clarify parts of their plans to ensure they meet the letter of the law.” While some experts argue the department...

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Dept. of Ed Releases Feedback to DE, NV, and NM

June 13, 2017

The Dept. of Education released interim feedback to Delaware, Nevada and New Mexico on their ESSA plans. Each state received a letter from Acting Assistant Secretary Jason Botel, as well as compiled feedback from the federal peer reviewers. States have 15 days to make changes...

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Secretary DeVos Discusses Additional Education Funding and ESSA

June 6, 2017

Secretary DeVos testified before the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee to discuss additional education funding and ESSA. DeVos commented that she “might not agree with every approach that every state takes, but she was not going to invent new regulations,” when asked if she would reject any...

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DeVos Discusses Title I Funding and School Choice

May 24, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos testified before Congress on the Trump administration’s 2018 budget proposal. During the hearing, DeVos discussed Title I funding and school choice, and underscored her belief in local control. She stressed that she “believes states should continue to have flexibility in...

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Plans from 16 States and DC Accepted by U.S. Dept. of Education

May 12, 2017

The Dept. of Education announced that 16 states and the District of Columbia have submitted ESSA plans that “federal officials deem complete.” Secretary DeVos noted that she is “committed to returning decision-making power back to states and setting the Department up to serve the support...

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Last Day for States to Submit ESSA Plans to Their Governor

May 3, 2017

Today is the last day for states that submitted their ESSA plans to their governor for sign off to submit to the Dept. of Education for the 1st round peer review, under the Department’s extended timeline.

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President Trump Issues Executive Order

April 28, 2017

President Trump issued an executive order directing Secretary DeVos to “review every policy and directive of the Department of Education and rescind any that she deems to overstep the role of the federal government.” According to Alyson Klein of Education Week, ESSA “already greatly reduces...

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Dept. of Ed Has 120 Days to Review ESSA Plans

April 3, 2017

The Dept. of Education has 120 days to review states ESSA plans after submission.

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Trump Repeals Dept. of Ed’s Teacher Prep and School Accountability Rules under ESSA

March 27, 2017

President Donald Trump repealed the Dept. of Education’s teacher preparation and school accountability rules under ESSA. Congressional Republicans argued “states should have more control over the classroom.” By signing the bills, President Trump has also prohibited future administrations from issuing the same rules.

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DeVos Says it’s Up to States to Determine Testing Frequency for Students

March 24, 2017

At an event in Florida, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued that it is up to states to determine testing frequency for students. According to DeVos, “It’s really a matter for states and locales to determine how much testing is actually necessary for measuring...

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DeVos Speaks to CCSSO at Annual Legislative Conference

March 20, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke to the Council of Chief State School Officers at their annual legislative conference. DeVos stated, “Once your state has developed a plan to provide a quality education in an environment that is safe and nurturing for all children,...

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DeVos Delivers Speech on New ESSA Accountability Regulations

March 14, 2017

During a speech to the Council of the Great City Schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos touted the new ESSA accountability regulations. According to The 74, DeVos argued the Dept. of Education under President Obama had “gone outside of its established authority” and “created roadblocks, wittingly or unwittingly, for parents and...

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Dept. of Ed Releases Revised State Template

March 13, 2017

The Dept. of Education released a revised state template for consolidated plans under ESSA. The guide only outlines what is required by the law and is several pages shorter than the original outline issued by the previous administration.

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DeVos Issues Letter to Chief State School Officers on ESSA

February 10, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued a letter to chief state school officers on ESSA implementation. The letter encouraged states to “continue to move forward” on draft plans and follow the timeline for final submission. DeVos states that she remains “committed to working alongside...

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Dept. of Ed Withdraws Title 1 Spending Rule, According to Politico

January 18, 2017

As reported by Politico, the Dept. of Education withdrew the proposed Title I spending rule known as the “supplement, not supplant” regulation under ESSA. Department spokeswomen Dorie Nolt stated the Obama administration “simply ran out of time.”

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Secretary King’s Memo Examines How States Can Close Opportunity Gaps

January 13, 2017

In an exit interview with Education Week, Dept. of Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. discussed ESSA and equity opportunities. King was encouraged by state chiefs focusing on the “relationship between ESSA and equity” and how states are “going to use ESSA to close opportunity...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Seeks Peer Reviewers of State Plans

January 9, 2017

The Dept. of Education is seeking highly-qualified individuals to serve as peer reviewers of State plans, as required under ESSA. Those interested in applying to serve as a peer reviewer must apply by January 27, 2017.

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases Additional ESSA Guidelines for States

January 6, 2017

The Dept. of Education released additional ESSA guidelines for states. The dept. distributed three documents designed to help states on new plans and goals, state and local report cards, and graduation rates.

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Secretary King’s Memo Examines Last 8 Years on Education and ESSA

January 5, 2017

Secretary King issued an exit memo about the Department’s efforts over the last eight years on education and ESSA. King wrote that ESSA was a “bipartisan achievement” and the successful implementation of the act is “critical to the advancement of the nation’s educational progress.” King also...

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Dept. of Education Announces Grant Competition under Teacher and School Leader Program

December 18, 2016

The Dept. of Education announced the first grant competition under the Teacher and School Leader program under ESSA. These grants will allow school leaders to “identify opportunities to improve their schools” and “create professional development and support systems that are tailored to educators’ individual needs”...

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Dept. of Education Releases Final Testing Regulations

December 7, 2016

The Dept. of Education released final regulations on testing programs under ESSA. Changes included regulations on the number of students eligible to take alternative exams and other pilot programs. The final rules also expanded flexibility and sought to “clarify the parameters” when testing Native American...

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Dept. of Education Releases Final Accountability Regulations

November 28, 2016

The Dept. of Education released its final regulations on school accountability. The rule allocated more time for schools to implement their plans and determine which low-performing schools need extra support. The regulations suggest giving states until the 2018-19 school year to identify “low-performing schools,” and...

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Dept. of Education Releases Title I and II Guidance

November 21, 2016

The Dept. of Education released guidance for “fiscal changes and equitable services requirements” under ESSA. The guidance outlined funding practices for Title I and Title II, and examined equitable services and transferability.

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Final Deadline to Submit “Supplement, Not Supplant” Comments

November 7, 2016

The final deadline to submit public comments on the Dept. of Education’s draft “supplement, not supplant” rule was November 7. More than 3,400 comments had been submitted to the online platform.

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Dept. of Education Awards School Improvement Grants

October 27, 2016

The Dept. of Education awarded $427 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to “help turn around America’s persistently lowest-achieving schools.” The program has invested over $7 billion since 2009 to improve public schools. In conjunction with the SIG program, ESSA requires states “identify and support...

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Dept. of Education Releases Student Support Guidelines

October 21, 2016

The Dept. of Education released a new set of guidelines for grant programs designed to provide student support under ESSA. Options for program funding included “well rounded education opportunities, safe and healthy student programs, and effective uses of technology.” The guidelines also provided “innovated strategies”...

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Sec. King Comments on Next Administration’s Role in ESSA Implementation

October 5, 2016

In a press briefing with the White House, Secretary King commented on the importance of ESSA and the next administration’s role in successfully implementing the plan. King urged the next administration to focus on the act “with careful attention to issues of equity.”

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Dept. of Education Announces Magnet School Assistance Program Grants

September 26, 2016

The Dept. of Education announced $91 million in Magnet School Assistance Program grants under ESSA. The grants are designed to create “rigorous academic programs” that seek to “attract a diverse group of students.” ESSA allows for awards to include a “longer grant duration” and “increased...

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Dept. of Education Releases Guidelines for English Learners

September 23, 2016

The Dept. of Education released a new set of guidelines on how states and school districts can work to improve English learner programs under ESSA. The report detailed that ELs are among the “fastest growing populations” in US schools and account for nearly “10% of...

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Dept. of Education Releases ESSA Resource Site

September 22, 2016

The Dept. of Education compiled the history, available resources, proposed regulations, guidance and regulatory information, public notice, and negotiated rulemaking on ESSA on their website. The Dept. highlights that “The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the...

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Sec. King Addresses Concerns Over ESSA Language

September 19, 2016

In an interview with Education Week during his “Back to School” bus tour, Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. addresses concerns over vague language within ESSA. King acknowledges the different views over draft “supplement, not supplant” rules, but argues “no single member of Congress...

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Dept. of Education Releases Statement on Access to Early Learning Programs

September 15, 2016

The U.S. Dept. of Education released a statement applauding the Obama Administration for creating greater access to early learning programs. Under ESSA, a new preschool program will, for the first time, “promote coordination in early learning among local communities; align preschool with early elementary school;...

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Sec. King Addresses “Supplement, Not Supplant” Regulations

August 31, 2016

In a statement accompanying the proposed rules, Secretary King said there is “much more work to do,” but the regulations are a “concrete step forward to help level the playing field and ensure compliance with the law.” King’s statement indicates that the proposed regulations could...

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Dept. of Education Releases “Supplement, Not Supplant” Regulations

August 31, 2016

The Dept. of Education released its much anticipated proposed regulations on ESSA Title I requirements regarding federal “supplement, not supplant” funding. The rule ensures that federal funds do not take the place of state and local funds in low-income schools and “that the nation’s highest...

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OMB Certifies Proposed “Supplement, Not Supplant” Rule

August 15, 2016

The Office of Management and Budget agreed to the Obama administration’s proposed rule for the “supplement, not supplant” provision of ESSA. The provision seeks to have Title I dollars for “low income students” not just be used to “replace state investments.” The Dept. of Education...

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Dept. of Education Announces Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows

August 15, 2016

The Dept. of Education announced seven teachers and three principals who will serve as its 2016 Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows. Two teachers and one principal will serve as full-time employees of the department, and all of the fellows will work with Secretary King “to...

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Dept. of Education Issues Guidance on Homeless Students

August 11, 2016

ESSA amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act, which addresses the required needs of homeless students, will take effect October 1, 2016. ESSA seeks to offer homeless children “protections, services, aid, and support from their state and local education agencies.” The Dept. of Education also issued three...

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Dept. of Education Announces New Competitive Grant on Testing

August 5, 2016

The Dept. of Education announced a new competitive grant that is compatible with ESSA for states that want to “ditch fill-in-the-bubble tests” with modern, “competency-based tests.” The application period for the $8.6 million grant is open until Sept. 22; winners will be announced in January....

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Dept. of Education Closes Comment Period on Accountability Regulations

August 1, 2016

The Dept. of Education officially closed its 60 day comment period on proposed accountability rules.

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Dept. of Education Issues Guidelines on How to Better Serve Homeless Students

July 27, 2016

The Dept. of Education issued federal guidelines today for states and school districts to better serve homeless students. According to ABC News, “the guidelines include prioritizing the identification of homeless students, including designating and training a ‘school liaison’ within each district to help provide students...

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NGA Submits Recommendations on Dept. of Education’s Draft ESSA Accountability Rules

July 19, 2016

The National Governors Association submitted their recommendations in response to the Dept. of Education’s draft accountability rules for ESSA. The NGA notes that the federal government potentially “overreaches” its authority by restricting state’s flexibility. Along with technical language fixes, their recommendations include: Providing “technical assistance”...

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Dept. of Education Blog Highlights Parent Power Bootcamp

July 17, 2016

The Dept. of Education published a blog post from National Black Child Development Institute President Tobeka Green, highlighting their first Parent Power Bootcamp. Partnering with the Dept. of Education, the event provided information to parents, teachers, administrators, and others about the impact ESSA will have...

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Dept. of Education Receiving Comments on Proposed Accountability Regulations

July 13, 2016

The Dept. of Education has begun to receive comments on its proposed accountability regulations, which were requested as part of the 60 day public comment period. Read the comments here.

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Dept. of Education Posts Draft Regulations for ESSA’s “Innovative Assessment” Pilot Program

July 6, 2016

The Dept. of Education posted draft regulations for ESSA’s “Innovative Assessment” pilot program, which grants states the flexibility to administer “Innovative Assessments” to a subsect of their schools in place of their exiting statewide assessments. Within five to seven years, seven states will be allowed to...

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Secretary King Calls on State and Local School Administrators to Use ESSA to Maximize Diversity

July 1, 2016

Education Secretary John King delivered the keynote remarks at the 2016 Annual PTA Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida. The Dept. of Education live streamed the event on their Facebook page. During his speech, Secretary King called on state and local school administrators to utilize...

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Secretary King Urges Policymakers to Engage Stakeholders Around ESSA

June 30, 2016

Education Secretary King urged hundreds of policymakers to engage stakeholders on the implementation of ESSA during this year’s Education Commission of the States’ National Forum on Education Policy. He underscored the importance of engagement efforts between state education departments and stakeholder groups as the accountability...

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Dept. of Education Sends Draft Rule for “Supplement, not Supplant” to OMB

June 25, 2016

The Dept. of Education sent a draft rule for “supplement, not supplant,” a key Title I spending provision, to the Office of Management and Budget. According to POLITICO Pro, “The provision aims to ensure that federal Title I dollars for poor students are truly supplemental...

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Dept. of Education Releases Guidelines on ESSA Provisions for Foster Children

June 23, 2016

The Dept. of Education released new guidelines to states, school districts, and child welfare agencies on ESSA’s provisions for foster children. The Dept. noted that the guidance “doesn’t impose any new requirements beyond those in the law and regulations, provides clarity in the form of...

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Dept. of Education Posts Examples of States Engaging Stakeholders Around ESSA

June 23, 2016

The Dept. of Education posted examples of states engaging local stakeholders in the implementation of ESSA. Several state outreach programs were listed, including: Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Riveria has created several working groups comprised of “a wide array of stakeholders including teachers, principals, community based...

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FairTest Argues Dept. of Education’s Draft Regulations “Over-Emphasize Testing, Mandate Punishments “

June 16, 2016

Monty Neil, executive director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), posted his organization’s opposition to the Dept. of Education’s draft regulations to ESSA. FairTest sent out an action alert arguing that the Dept. of Education’s draft regulations “over-emphasize testing, mandate punishments...

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Secretary King Discusses ESSA Implementation in Education Week Interview

June 6, 2016

Sec. John King was featured in an interview with Education Week to discuss various aspects of the current implementation of ESSA. Key takeaways from the interview included: • Heavy emphasis will be placed on equality programs designed to benefit underperforming schools, like Title I funding...

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Dept. of Education Outlines How New ESSA Regulations Shift Accountability to States

May 27, 2016

Education World covered the release of a summary document from the Dept. of Education outlining how new ESSA regulations will shift accountability to the states. The article also notes that starting May 31, the Dept. of Education will open their 60 day public comment period...

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Dept. of Education Highlights ESSA’s Provisions to Promote Equality Among Districts

May 26, 2016

The Dept. of Education issued a press release highlighting ESSA’s provisions intended to promote equality among school districts. The release notes that the regulations “uphold ESSA’s critical civil rights protections and enhance equity for historically underserved students by including all students and each subgroup in...

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OMB Concludes Review of Proposed ESSA Accountability Provisions

May 25, 2016

The Office of Management and Budget announced that it has concluded its review of the proposed accountability rule in the new ESSA provisions. The review is expected to become public soon. Read more here.

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Washington Examiner Explores Dispute Between Secretary King and Senator Alexander

May 23, 2016

A Washington Examiner story explores the ongoing dispute between Sec. King and Chairman Alexander. According to the account, the Republicans believe “the [Dept. of Education] is trying to reassert federal control by exceeding its authority with a rule that would require state and local spending...

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Senator Alexander Critiques Dept. of Education Approach to Drafting Implementation Guidelines

May 17, 2016

During The Atlantic’s annual Education Summit, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) discussed his recent dissatisfaction with the Dept. of Education’s approach toward drafting implementation guidelines for ESSA. Alexander stated that, “on the very first instance where the Dept. of Education had the chance to write a...

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CRS Report Analyzes Legal Basis for “Supplement, not Supplant” Language

May 12, 2016

The Congressional Research Service released a report that analyzed the legal basis for the “supplement, not supplant” language that the Dept. of Education proposed during negotiated rulemaking earlier this year. CRS notes that the language could be challenged in court concluding that, “ED’s interpretation appears...

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Secretary King Shares Updates on ESSA Progress at Forum

May 10, 2016

Education Secretary John King spoke at a stakeholder forum at the Dept. of Education with updates on the progress of ESSA and its implementation, and answered questions from the audience.

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How Will Next U.S. Secretary of Education Interpret Fine Print of ESSA?

May 6, 2016

Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Robert Holland asks how a new education secretary under Trump or Clinton would interpret the fine print of ESSA in The Hill. Read more here.

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Dept. of Education Sends Draft Guidelines to OMB for Review

May 2, 2016

The Dept. of Education has already sent draft guidelines to the Office of Management and Budget for review, Education Week reports. They also note, “once they’re out, everyone will get a chance to comment and the Dept of Ed. can make changes based on that...

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States To Set Individual Definitions for Disabilities and English Language Learners

April 27, 2016

Education Week published a wrap up on Neg Reg activity from last week noting that states will be able to set individual definitions for severe cognitive disabilities and English language learners. Additionally, there was no consensus on “supplement, not supplant” language, meaning the Dept. of...

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Dept. of Education Seeks Feedback on ESSA Communcations and Interpretation

April 25, 2016

The Dept. of Education announced that it is seeking feedback on how to help the “public understand the law, how the Dept. of Education is interpreting the law, and to provide clarification and examples of best practices.” They are accepting input until May 25. Read...

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Language on Assessments Agreed To and Circulated

April 21, 2016

Final details on the language agreed to by the negotiated rulemaking committee was circulated. Read more here. The language includes: Required testing in grades 3-8, and in high school. Subjects include math, science, and reading, plus state-level approved standards. Reporting requirements that categorizes students by...

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Still No Consesus on Title I

April 20, 2016

Politico reported that negotiators came to a consensus on handling assessments, but talks on Title I spending did not reach consensus. The department can now move forward and write draft regulations for supplement not supplant (SNS), as it sees fit. Dorie Nolt, spokeswoman for the...

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Dept. of Education Will Have To Show Redrafted Rules to Congress Before Publishing

April 18, 2016

Politico noted that once the Dept. of Ed redrafts the rules – with recommendations from the Neg Reg included or not – they have to then show members of Congress the proposed rules and allow them to comment no less than two weeks before publishing...

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If Committee Cannot Agree, Dept. of Education Will Write Its Own Rules on Assessments and SNS

April 18, 2016

Education Week reports that if the Neg Reg committee cannot come to an agreement after this week’s session, the Dept. of Education will then write its own rules on assessments and SNS. They also highlight several of the specifically contentious points holding up consensus including,...

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Dept. of Education Revises Proposed Language on Assessments and SNS

April 15, 2016

Following criticism from Congress and the Neg Reg committee, the Dept. of Education’s revised its proposed language from the previous two rounds of negotiations on assessments and the SNS regulations. This was the version negotiated in the final rulemaking session this week. Read more here.

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In Speech Secretary John King Discusses Potential Impacts of ESSA

April 14, 2016

Secretary John King gave a speech in Las Vegas last week where he discussed the impact of the proposed ESSA on students. King was quoted as saying “Music and art, world languages, physics, chemistry, and biology; social studies civics and geography, and government; physical education...

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Senate Committee Discussed State Innovation under ESSA

October 3, 2017

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on state innovation under ESSA. During the hearing, Chairman Lamar Alexander commented that “Tennessee, Louisiana, and New Mexico have taken the most advantage of the flexibility” offered under ESSA, in terms of “creating innovative...

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State Innovation under ESSA

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing to discuss state innovation under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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The Hill Responds to Dept. of Ed’s New Approach to Review State Plans

July 28, 2017

Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-VA, expressed concern about the U.S. Dept. of Education’s new approach to reviewing state ESSA plans. The two argue in a letter that, “The decision will result in inconsistent treatment of state agencies, leading to flawed implementation...

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Lawmakers Express Concern about Consistency of Feedback from Dept. of Ed

July 18, 2017

During a House Education and Workforce Committee Hearing “lawmakers from both sides of the aisle Tuesday expressed concern about the consistency of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states about ESSA plans.” Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) stated that the committee “will be watching to...

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Rep. Bobby Scott Challenges Local Leaders to Support High Standards & Invest in Public Schools

May 19, 2017

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Education Committee, commented on the importance of ESSA, stating, “Let me be clear, ESSA matters. Getting ESSA right matters.” He continued, arguing that “the choices you’re making—how to use the law’s flexibilities while respecting equity requirements—those...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Discusses ESSA Opportunities

May 6, 2017

Senate Education Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) discussed the opportunities ESSA brings for charter schools. According to Alexander, the bill included “improvements to ensure that those federal funds are used as effectively as possible to increase the number of high-quality charter schools.”

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Sen. Michael Bennet Discusses ESSA’s Accountability Standards

April 14, 2017

In an interview with Chalkbeat, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) discussed ESSA’s accountability standards. Bennet advised stakeholders to “make sure their state is a state that leads all other states in terms of the rigor and expectations we have for our kids.” Bennet also commented that...

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Nineteen Democrats Send Letter to Secretary DeVos Asking for More Information

April 6, 2017

Nineteen House and Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking for a “full explanation of how requirements for stakeholder voices will be met under a new ESSA template for state-submitted plans.” The letter also encouraged states to submit plans...

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Sen. Murray and Rep. Scott Question Betsy DeVos’ Plan of Action Following Removal of Accountability Regulations

March 10, 2017

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, questioning what the department will do after the removal of accountability regulations. The two members were “concerned about the potential chaos that will result” after the repeal of the ESSA regulations. Murray...

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U.S. Senate Vote to Overturn Accountability Regulations under ESSA

March 9, 2017

The U.S. Senate voted 50-49 to overturn accountability regulations under ESSA. The measure was introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and co-sponsored by nine other senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In a public statement, Alexander argued the rollback was “not a trivial matter” and “goes to the...

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Rep. Bradley Byrne Discusses ESSA

March 9, 2017

In an opinion piece on AL.com, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) discussed ESSA as an “example of how Washington should work.” He explained Congress needs to work with the Dept. of Education to “ensure the law is working” and “the burden is being lifted off our local public schools.” Byrne pledged that his...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Voices Opinion on Efforts to Roll Back Regulations under ESSA

March 4, 2017

Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) authored an opinion piece on his efforts to roll back regulations under ESSA. Sen. Alexander argued that the removal of regulations is “not a trivial matter” but an effort to “restore to states, classroom teachers and parents decisions about what to do about their children...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski Highlights Importance of ESSA to Alaska State Legislature

February 22, 2017

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski delivered her annual address to the Alaska State Legislature and highlighted the importance of ESSA. Murkowski explained how the new law incorporates state legislator input, providing “the opportunity to be involved” and the “opportunity to bring the people that you represent to the table, to help meet...

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U.S. Rep. Martha McSally Discusses ESSA Implementation with Voters

February 17, 2017

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) discussed ESSA implementation with voters at a town hall event. When asked about her commitment to public education, McSally said she is “committed to the appropriate federal role in public education,” and explained that the “House will vote this week...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Refers to DeVos’ Letter to Chief State School Officers as a “Good Step” Towards Clarity

February 10, 2017

In response to a letter submitted by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to chief state school officers on ESSA, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called DeVos’ note a “good step towards ensuring that states have clarity and are able to follow the timeline they have...

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NM Ed Secretary Discusses how Dept. of Ed can Help States Implement ESSA

February 8, 2017

In an interview with The 74, New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera discussed how the Dept. of Education can help states implement ESSA. Skandera said state leaders need to work together to “ensure states have the flexibility they need to be successful.” Along with flexibility,...

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House of Reps. Vote to Overturn Accountability Regulations and Teacher Prep Programs Under ESSA

February 7, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to overturn accountability regulations and teacher-preparation programs under ESSA. As reported by Education Week, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the measures. Before the House vote, Rokita stated that he wanted to overturn these rules...

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House Education Committee Chairwoman Issues Statement of Support

February 2, 2017

In response to efforts to block previous regulations under ESSA, House Committee on Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued a statement of support noting that, “the [Obama] administration insisted on using rules and regulations to unilaterally push its failed education agenda”...

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House Republicans Seek to “Permanently Block” 2 ESSA Regulations, According to The 74

February 2, 2017

As reported by The 74, House Republicans have begun to “permanently block” two ESSA regulations. Under the use of the Congressional Review Act, a resolution introduced by Rep. Rokita (R-IN) would undo “accountability regulations finalized last fall governing how school performance is judged” and another,...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Calls for Stakeholders to Continue Draft ESSA Plans

January 30, 2017

While speaking to local education leaders, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told them to “assume that the U.S. Dept. of Education will say yes” to the “plans they’re drafting to comply with ESSA.” Alexander called for stakeholders to continue to draft plans.

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Sen. Mike Enzi Pleased with DeVos’ Remarks on ESSA

January 19, 2017

Sen. Mike Ezni (WY–R) was “pleased with” Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos’ remarks on ESSA. During the confirmation hearing, Enzi had engaged with DeVos on federal policy impacting rural schools. DeVos stated rural schools “require different approaches and different options.”

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Rep. Kline Calls ESSA “Proudest Accomplishment”

November 30, 2016

In an interview with Roll Call, retiring Rep. John Kline (R-MN) called ESSA his “proudest accomplishment in Congress.” Kline commented replacing NCLB with “a better law (ESSA)” was a “huge accomplishment.”

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Sen. Udall Comments on ESSA Implementation

November 26, 2016

When discussing the impact of the Trump administration on ESSA, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) commented that Trump “would meet fierce opposition from Democrats and Republicans alike if he tried to meddle with the law.”

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Sen. Alexander Comments on ESSA Implementation

November 11, 2016

During an in interview with a Tennessee radio station, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) commented that President-elect Trump will “ensure ESSA is implemented as written.” Alexander also tweeted that the current “administration’s rules/regulations on the law would be overturned.”

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Rep. Emmer Affirms Support for ESSA, Career and Technical Education

November 4, 2016

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN-6) authored a MinnPost opinion piece, discussing his support of ESSA and highlighting his efforts in the field of career and technical education, through “innovative alternatives” and “affordable options to create ‘job-ready’ grads.” He also underscored the importance of local engagement, arguing,...

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Letter from 10 U.S. Senators to President Obama Alleges Federal Overreach

November 3, 2016

As reported by the Washington Post and noted by Education Week, a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. Senators are calling on President Obama to “rein in the Education Department” arguing that the agency is “trying to overreach into matters that Congress intended to be decided...

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Sen. Murray Visits ESSA-Funded Computer Science Program

November 1, 2016

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) visited a local high school to get a “firsthand look” at a community-supported computer science program that is receiving support under ESSA. Murray said she was “pleased to see so many young women in the class.”

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Rep. Grijalva Moderates ESSA Discussion with Libia Gil

October 27, 2016

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) moderated a discussion with U.S. Assistant Deputy Education Secretary Libia Gil during her ESSA listening tour. Grijalva commented “all of us need to be a little wary” about what Arizona’s plan will look like as the state continues to develop the...

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Dept. of Education Releases Early Learning Guidelines

October 20, 2016

The Dept. of Education released guidelines on how states can “invest in early learning” under ESSA. The goal of the guidelines is to “improve the health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for all children” and to keep students on track to “graduate from high school, college...

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Sen. Tester Expresses Concern Over Testing Under ESSA

October 19, 2016

In a local education stakeholder discussion on state assessment plans, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) was “hopeful federal officials will continue to have a local dialog as required by his amendment” under ESSA. Tester expressed concern over the large amounts of testing that students were facing...

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Sen. Inhofe Opines on ESSA, Calls Law a “Major Step”

October 18, 2016

In a Tulsa World opinion piece, Sen. Jim Inofe (R-OK) wrote that Republicans in Congress “took a major step in reforming the education system” through ESSA to return “control of our children’s education back to local leaders.” He said ESSA includes “many priorities” from the...

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Sen. Alexander Weighs In on Teacher Preparation Regulations

October 12, 2016

In a statement, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the Dept. of Education’s regulation on teacher preparation programs under ESSA “appears to violate the Higher Education Act.” Under that law, states are “responsible for evaluating whether a college’s program gives teachers the skills they need for...

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Dept. of Education Announces Recipients of Teacher Incentive Fund Grants

October 5, 2016

The Dept. of Education announced the recipients of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants – known as the Teacher and School Leader Innovation Program which was designed to allow districts to “develop innovative solutions for recruiting and retaining highly effective educators.” On Education Week’s K-12...

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Dept. of Education Submits Accountability Regulations for OMB Review

October 5, 2016

The Dept. of Education submitted a final proposal to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for writing a new accountability rule under ESSA. Once the proposal is reviewed, the department will publish the final regulation.

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Rep. Pallone Discusses ESSA Flexibility

September 24, 2016

During an education summit hosted by the Asbury Park Press, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) discussed the flexibility that ESSA gives to states “to address local priorities while scaling back the emphasis on test-taking.” Pallone was concerned that NCLB was too focused on test scores rather...

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Rep. Scott Receives Silent Warrior Award

September 22, 2016

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), one of the four principal authors of ESSA, received the Silent Warrior Award for his work focusing on the country’s students and working families. In his acceptance speech, Scott said he fought in Congress for all students to have equal opportunity in education

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House Education Subcommittee Holds Hearing on ESSA Funding Rules

September 21, 2016

The U.S. House Education K-12 subcommittee held a hearing on the Dept. of Education’s proposed funding rules under ESSA. The subcommittee was led by Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN), who criticized the proposed rules by stating that, “schools will be forced to make decisions based on...

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Sen. Alexander Discusses Charter School Funding Under ESSA

September 19, 2016

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) spoke on a provision within the ESSA that allows states to provide federal funding to charter school initiatives. Alexander says charter schools “give teachers more freedom to teach, teach the way they want to teach, and give parents more freedom to...

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Sen. Alexander Addresses Kentucky Education Committee

September 12, 2016

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) spoke at an Interim Joint Committee on Education in Kentucky on the role states play under ESSA. Alexander focused his comments on state control over federal control within the new legislation. As they draft their plans, he urged states to consult the...

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Rep. Grijalva Applauds Dept. of Education’s “Supplement, Not Supplant” Regulations

September 2, 2016

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) applauded the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulations. He stated, “ESSA has tremendous potential” but the bill’s success is “dependent on how well states implement it.” He argues that states need to “stop short-changing children’s futures,” and implementation of...

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Rep. Kline Argues ESSA Rules Could “Unleash Havoc” on Schools

September 1, 2016

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Education Committee, contends that the ESSA rules are a “multibillion-dollar regulatory tax” that could “unleash havoc on schools.” Rep. Kline says he is concerned over the “unlawful” measure and believes the rule does not follow the intention...

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Senator Murray and Rep. Scott Praise Dept. of Education’s Proposed ESSA Funding Rules

September 1, 2016

In a joint statement, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) praised the Dept. of Education for the proposed ESSA funding rules. Sen. Murray and Sen. Scott argue that the new rule “honors Congressional intent” by “empowering local leaders with greater latitude in...

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Senator Alexander Argues Proposed ESSA Rules Would “Unlawfully Regulate” State Spending

August 31, 2016

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Education Committee, argues that the proposed rules would “unlawfully regulate” state spending and school allocation agreements among unions and districts. Alexander suggests that if the measure is adopted, he would “do everything within [his] power to overturn...

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Senator Isakson Discusses Support of ESSA, Praises Local and State Control

August 29, 2016

Sen. Jonny Isakson (R-GA) discussed his support of ESSA during an interview with a local talk show. Isakson praised the push for local and state control, stating, “I am very pleased with ESSA” and that ESSA has “empowered our teachers to teach kids, not just...

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Senator Murphy Tells Education Officials: “There Is a Lot More Latitude around How You Test Now”

August 26, 2016

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) led a discussion with education officials from Danbury Public Schools regarding the implementation of ESSA. “There is a lot more latitude around how you test now, you have to build in other measurements of what a good school is. You determine...

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Senator Murray Lauds her “Favorite Federal Education Act, Discusses Reporting Student Progress to Parents

August 25, 2016

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) “lauded her favorite federal education act” during a visit to read to students at Blue Ridge Elementary School. Murray, who helped write the legislation, said that ESSA halts the practice of sending letters to parents informing them that “their children’s schools...

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Rep. Carter Encourages Local Superintendents to Contact His Office With Their Concerns about ESSA

August 20, 2016

Rep. John Carter (R-TX) encouraged local superintendents who “are not happy with how education is going right now” to contact his office with their concerns about ESSA. His comments occurred during a wide-ranging interview with a Central Texas newspaper that touched on the Texas Education...

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Rep. Cole: ESSA Seeks to “Improve and Maintain Education Standards”

August 12, 2016

Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), chairman of the Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, published commentary on ESSA and other education initiatives that Congress has sought to pass. He argues that “quality and effective” education is an issue that both sides can agree on and...

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Rep. Bonamici Submits Letter to Dept. of Education Implementation Timeline Concerns

August 3, 2016

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) submitted a second letter to the Secretary of Education on her concerns regarding the implementation timeline. Bonamici was concerned about the lack of time and resources readily available for states and schools to successfully assess the results.

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Reps Bonamici and Stefanik Submit Comments on ESSA Around Art Programs

August 3, 2016

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) submitted comments on the Dept. of Education’s proposed ESSA accountability rules. The members wished to include art programs in the department’s recommendations and required clarification on some language in the proposal that may be interpreted by states to exclude these...

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Senator Tester Asks Dept. of Education to “Not Get In The Way” of Local and State School Officials on Measures of Success

August 1, 2016

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) also submitted comments and urged Secretary King, “not to get in the way of letting local and state school officials use measures beyond just standardized tests to evaluate the success of their schools.”

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Senator Murray and Rep. Scott Submit Comments on the Dept. of Education’s Proposed Accountability Rules under ESSA

August 1, 2016

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) submitted comments on the Dept. of Education’s proposed accountability rules under ESSA. According to Politico Pro, Murray and Scott agree with certain provisions, like the “requirement that states come up with concrete evaluations or scores for...

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Democratic Party Platform Pledges to Cease the “Test-and-Punish Version of Accountability”

July 25, 2016

The newly-released Democratic Party platform has reaffirmed the party’s previous repudiation of test-based accountability, reports Education Week. While the platform has traditionally rejected reliance on performance tests, this year’s platform specifically pledges to cease the “test-and-punish version of accountability” when holding states accountable to the...

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Senator Kaine “Heavily Involved” with Career Technical Education Provisions in ESSA

July 22, 2016

As Education Week reports, Democratic Vice President nominee Senator Tim Kaine (VA-D) was heavily involved in the development of ESSA. Sen. Kaine introduced Career Technical Education provisions in the senate version of the bill, which later went on to list CTE as one of 17...

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Senator Alexander Discusses Potential Impacts a Trump or Clinton Presidency Would Have on ESSA

July 18, 2016

Education Week spoke with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) at the Republican National Convention about the potential impact a Trump or Clinton presidency would have on ESSA: When discussing accountability requirements under Trump, Sen. Alexander noted that the presumed Republican presidential nominee will “enforce the new...

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House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Passes Legislation to Cut Dept. of Education Budget by 2 Percent

July 6, 2016

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies passed legislation that would cut the U.S. Department of Education’s overall budget by $1.3 billion overall, or nearly 2 percent. The bill includes $1 billion for Student Support and Academic Enrichment...

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Education Week Releases List of “Notable Comments” made by House and Senate Education Committee members on ESSA

July 5, 2016

Education Week has released a list of notable comments made by both House and Senate Education Committee members on ESSA. They concluded that “top Democrats have praised [Secretary] King generally” for the Dept. of Education’s approach to drafting ESSA’s accountability rules. Over the course of...

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Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on ESSA Implementation

June 29, 2016

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a full committee hearing on ESSA titled “ESSA Implementation: Update from the U.S. Secretary of Education on Proposed Regulations.” During the hearing, King heard criticism from several senators: Chris Murphy (D-CT) argued that “the acccountability...

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House Education and the Workforce Committee Holds Full Committee Hearing on the Accountability Rules of ESSA

June 23, 2016

The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a full committee hearing focused on the accountability rules of ESSA. Testimony from Secretary of Education John King “rebutted accusations from members of the House education committee that separate proposals to regulate spending under ESSA from the...

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Congressional Asian Pacific, Black, and Hispanic Caucuses Ask Dept. of Education to help Underfunded and Underserved Communities of Color

June 23, 2016

To ensure funding for poor and underserved schools, the Congressional Asian Pacific, Black, and Hispanic Caucuses sent a letter to Secretary John King demanding that the Dept. Of Education “use its regulatory authority to guide and enforce the use of federal funds by local education...

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House Education and Workforce Committee to Hold Hearing on Recent Efforts to Implement ESSA

June 22, 2016

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will be holding a full committee hearing on ESSA titled “Next Steps in K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Testimony from Secretary of Education John King and four other panelists will begin...

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Senator Kaine Talks about Career and Technical Education Provisions in ESSA

June 20, 2016

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, noted the need for CTE curriculum during a commencement speech. “For too long, CTE has been stigmatized as a second-class educational field, but today’s CTE Presidential Scholars demonstrate the current...

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Education Week Conducts Interviews with “ESSA Architects”

June 15, 2016

Over the past week, Education Week’s Alyson Klein conducted a series of interviews with Congressional leaders on education in a series titled, “ESSA Architects.” The interviewees include: Representative John Kline (R-MN-2) Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Representative Robert C. Scott (D-VA-3)

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Senator Murray and Rep. Scott Urge Support for Pre-K Development Grants under ESSA

June 13, 2016

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Robert C. Scott (D-VA-3) sent a joint letter to Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging them to support Pre-K Development Grants under ESSA, and provide strong oversight for...

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Senator Murray Talks ESSA with Students and Administrators

June 7, 2016

Senator Patty Murray (R-WA) visited students and administrators last week to discuss ESSA. Senator Murray called the next 12 months a “year of transition” while the Dept. of Education and the states define the standards for student success. Read more here.

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Senator Grassley Voices Support for ESSA and Local Control

June 3, 2016

During a campaign stop last week, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) voiced his support for ESSA, claiming, “It’s an excellent piece of legislation. It’s probably the first time in 20 years that the federal government has had less regulation of local schools,” Grassley said. “It has...

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Rep. Kline & Senator Alexander Threaten to Block Rules under the Congressional Review Act

May 26, 2016

In response to the Dept. of Education’s announcement of proposed ESSA accountability regulations, the Rep. John Kline and Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairmen of the House and Senate Education Committee, threatened to block the rules under the Congressional Review Act. Read more here.

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Washington Examiner Explores Dispute Between Secretary King and Senator Alexander

May 23, 2016

A Washington Examiner story explores the ongoing dispute between Sec. King and Chairman Alexander. According to the account, the Republicans believe “the [Dept. of Education] is trying to reassert federal control by exceeding its authority with a rule that would require state and local spending...

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Rep. Conyers Discusses ESSA’s Potential to Improve Student Performance

May 20, 2016

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI-13) wrote an article for Time Magazine on segregation in schools. In it, he voiced support for ESSA and its ability to provide schools with the resources they need to improve student performance. Read more here.

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Senate HELP Committee Hears from Stakeholders on ESSA Implementation

May 18, 2016

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held an ESSA stakeholder hearing to discuss implementation of the law. Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) questioned Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers and Dr. Nora Gordon from the McCourt School of...

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Senators Murray and Scott Tell Dept. of Education Teachers Need More Time for ESSA Planning and Developement

May 11, 2016

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA-3) sent a letter to Education Secretary John King highlighting concerns that teachers may not have enough time to participate in the required planning and development programs within ESSA. Read more here.

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In Op-ed, Senators Hatch and Warner Discuss Improving Professional Development Programs for Teachers

May 6, 2016

Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) penned an op-ed in Time Magazine celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week. The piece highlights how teachers will have increased access to professional development programs in all subjects under ESSA. Read more here.

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Nine Senators Urge Dept. of Education to Fully Enforce “Supplement, not Supplant”

May 3, 2016

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) along with seven other senators, urged the Dept. of Education to use the authority that it was given by Congress to fully enforce the “supplement, not supplant” provision in ESSA. Read more here.

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Rep. Kline and Rep. Scott Send Letter on Funding for Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

April 28, 2016

Representatives John Kline (R-MN-2), chairman of the House education committee, and Bobby Scott (D-VA-3), ranking member, sent a letter to lawmakers in charge of K-12 spending that requests full funding for Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants when developing ESSA guidelines. Read more here.

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Senator Alexander Discusses ESSA Next Steps in Nashville

April 25, 2016

Senator Lamar Alexander discussed ESSA and next steps for states in a forum for educators and policymakers in Nashville. He encouraged Tennessee to develop their own plan and fit it into the federal template, rather than wait for the Dept. of Education to come up...

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Senator Lamar Alexander Discusses SNS and the Dept. of Education’s Scope

April 18, 2016

Senate HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander has been very vocal on SNS language citing that “the current provision language will require states to show how much they spend per student, which goes beyond the scope of the Dept. of Ed’s regulatory authority.” Read more here.

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Senator Lamar Alexander Comments on Comparability Laws

April 13, 2016

Education Week reported comments from Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who has shown serious concern regarding the Dept. of Ed’s adherence to comparability laws.  Read more here.

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Senator Patty Murray Highlights Next Steps for ESSA

April 5, 2016

U.S. Senator Patty Murray released a press release highlighting the “next steps on the Every Student Succeeds Act, ramping up efforts to implement the law.” The release features her delivered remarks at the CCSSO annual legislative conference. Read more here.

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