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Spring Testing Canceled, Postponed, or Suspended Nationwide

Tens of thousands of schools across the country have closed in response to the spread of coronavirus, throwing state assessments into disarray. After initially considering “targeted” waivers of federal testing requirements, the Department of Education “shifted to a broader approach that will let most states…

Chan Zuckerberg Provides $1.3 Million in Grants to Help Students During Coronavirus Closures

According to Education Week, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative “has provided a combined $1.3 million in grants” to support online teaching efforts, organizations navigating “complicated policy questions,” and parents impacted by coronavirus-related school closures. The International Society for Education Testing and the State Educational Technology Directors…

Federal Aid for Public Schools Falls Short of Education Groups’ Requests

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic aid package signed by President Trump last week commits “$31 billion in dedicated emergency funding for K-12 and higher education,” with $13.5 billion for public school budgets. Already, education groups are “anticipating and discussing the need for another round of…

Current Law Restricts What Secretary DeVos Can—and Can’t Do—to Waive ESSA Requirements

While the coronavirus economic aid package gives U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos authority to waive some key federal education requirements under ESSA, current law “does include restrictions on the secretary’s waiver power,” including funding-related restrictions. Secretary DeVos “can’t waive requirements for allocating of federal…

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