GOP Governors Emerge as Surprise Opponents to Federal ESSA Plan Approvals

GOP Governors Emerge as Surprise Opponents to Federal ESSA Plan Approvals

February 11, 2018

Erica L. Green reports in the New York Times that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is running into a “surprising source of opposition” as she gives approval to state ESSA plans—governors. Of the 35 plans thus far approved, “six are from states where the governor refused to sign on: Maryland, Georgia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Louisiana and New York,” and three others “that did not get a governor’s endorsement—those from Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kentucky—are pending approval.” Of these nine “disputed” plans, seven are opposed by Republican governors.