McClatchyDC reports on Secretary John King’s Wednesday appearance before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, at which Republicans “strongly criticized” him for having “failed to follow the intent” of ESSA. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Richard Burr (R-NC) were quoted saying that the bill was clear in its language and the department was not following it.
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As we’ve reported, the proposed federal rules to implement “supplement-not-supplant” provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are triggering some spirited debates. Last week those debates occurred within the negotiating committee. This week they were repeated in Congress, where the chair of the Senate Committee that oversees education, former Education Secretary Lamar Alexander, threw down the gauntlet. Continue reading Sen. Alexander to Education Secretary: Rethink Your Draft ESSA Spending Rules, Or Else
The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is intended to significantly shift authority and decision-making to the state and local level compared with the No Child Left Behind Law it replaced.
This week in Washington, a group that included Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers began discussions on how to implement the new law in a way that reflects that new balance between federal authority and state and local authority. As with many complex issues, the devil is often in the details. An update on those discussions follows.
For certain issues, ESSA requires the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to use a process known as “negotiated rulemaking” when writing regulations. Continue reading ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Gets Underway