State and Local Control Tag

Alabama Releases School-Level Spending Data

Thanks to ESSA’s financial transparency requirements, the public in Alabama is getting a closer look at how much schools are spending to educate the state’s children. These numbers, writes Trisha Powell Crain for AL.com, are “all over the map, varying widely between districts and between...

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Leveraging ESSA to Reduce Absenteeism

“The Every Student Succeeds Act puts more pressure on schools to ensure their students show up every day,” writes Evie Blad for Education Week. “But when it comes to addressing chronic absenteeism, some educators and policy makers say they are building the plane in the...

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Michigan Will Have Two Accountability Systems…

“Michigan will have two separate accountability systems for its K-12 schools, which is the result of lame-duck legislation conflicting with federal education law,” writes Jennifer Chambers. “Michigan already had an accountability system in place under the Every Student Succeeds Act when state lawmakers in December passed a new state A-F accountability system...

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States Leading the Way on Innovative Community Schools

With community schools gaining attention (and ground) in the education space, Brookings’ Reuben Jacobson takes a look at how states are leading the way in innovating for such schools, which “engage families and community organizations to provide well-rounded support to students.” In recent years, he...

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Feds Approve Two New Assessment Pilots

“The number of states that can try out new ways to test students under the Every Student Succeeds Act just doubled,” reports Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week. “U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday that she had approved Georgia and North Carolina to try...

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“Gaping Holes” In State K-12 Spending Tracking

“Where, exactly, do those billions of dollars taxpayers annually spend for schools go?” asks Daarel Burnette in Education Week. “In most states, policymakers have no idea.” So instead they “give lawmakers a receipt that includes a summation of broad spending categories, a breakout of average...

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Trump Admin “Falling Short” on ESSA Implementation

In Education Week, Megan Duff and Priscilla Wohlstetter provide an overview of a recent study conducted by them and their colleagues regarding the ESSA planning process, which concludes that the process has “veered off course.” How so? ESSA, contrary to NCLB, reverts much of the...

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“Rounding Out the School Year” in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Informer’s Dorothy Rowley reports that the District of Columbia’s Board of Education has accepted final reports for the 2017-2018 school year from both its Student Advisory Committee and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) task force. These reports will be discussed at the next...

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