School Choice Tag

WI Submits its ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

Wisconsin submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “over objections from Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that it didn’t do enough to embrace innovative ideas, such as expanding taxpayer-funded private school choice programs.”

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RealClearEd Examines DeVos’ Reaction to States ESSA Plan

RealClearEducation examined how U.S. Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is “encouraged” to see states expand school choice under ESSA. The piece identifies local efforts in Arizona, Colorado, and Florida. In a statement to RealClearEducation, DeVos was pleased “to see so many states pass pro-student and...

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DeVos Discusses Title I Funding and School Choice

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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Charter School Efforts Not Mention in Most State ESSA Plans

Education Week finds that few state ESSA plans are mentioning charter school efforts. Jennifer Thomsen, the author and director of the Education Commission of the States Knowledge and Research Center, argued that, “what we’re really seeing in most of the accountability sections is that district...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Discusses ESSA Opportunities

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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MD Legislature Overrules Gov. Hogan’s Veto

The Maryland Legislature overruled Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that “would limit the state’s use of charter operators and vouchers to improve low-performing schools” under the state’s ESSA plan. The bill received support from the teacher’s union who argued it “was meant to...

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Foundation for Excellence in Education Releases ESSA Innovation Playbook

The Foundation for Excellence in Education released an ESSA Innovation Playbook designed to “help state policymakers navigate and identify provisions within ESSA” to “advance state priorities including school choice, digital learning, course access and competency-based education.” The playbook outlines six provisions to support local innovation...

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Sen. Alexander Discusses Charter School Funding Under ESSA

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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How will Politics Impact Education Reform?

Adam Edgerton, former director of the Dept. of Education’s Upward Bound Program, writes in Education Week that America’s decentralized view for government involvement in schools is similar to Britain’s reason for leaving the EU. Citing No Child Left Behind and its successor ESSA, Edgerton says...

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