State and Local Control Tag

Education Dive Examines ESSA’s Four Biggest Impacts

In a new post, Education Dive editor Roger Riddell writes on ESSA’s four biggest impacts. The law has shifted power back to districts and given states “more decision-making freedom” when it comes to standardized testing and “how they use their funding.” When it comes to...

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

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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Former Rep. Kline Discusses ESSA and Local Control

In The Hill, former Congressman and chair of the House Education Committee, John Kline, discussed how ESSA shifts “education authority and accountability out of Washington and back to the states, where it belongs.” He also cites Sec. DeVos’ recent comments that ESSA “essentially does away...

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ND Legislature Proposes New Bill

Under ESSA, the North Dakota Legislature is proposing a new bill that would allow districts to submit plans to the Dept. of Public Instruction for “education innovation programs that reflect their schools’ individual needs.” According to the Bismarck Tribune, “the bill reflects a sentiment among area educators that control...

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

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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Six Ways Schools Can Improve Their Accountability Systems

David Osborne, director at the Progressive Policy Institute, wrote an opinion piece in US News and World Report citing six ways that schools can improve their accountability systems under ESSA. Osborne argued that “if we want 21st century schools,” districts must be held “accountable to...

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OK to Begin Town Hall Meetings to Gather Pubic Input

Led by Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, the state Dept. of Education will begin a series of town hall meetings to “gather input as the agency creates a comprehensive state plan to bolster academic performance.” The meetings will start October 18th and run into December.

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