In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Wisconsin Congressmen Mark Pocan (D-WI 2nd) and Ron Kind (D-WI 3rd) raised concerns about the proposed cap on federal E-Rate allocations that are used to fund school connectivity to high-speed broadband (see previous post) as well as the overall cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF), which supplies E-Rate funds. The two joined with several other House members in expressing concerns.
A new report from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines the growing impact the proliferation of private school choice programs such as vouchers and Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) is having on public school districts. The report focuses specifically on the obligation of public schools to provide federally funded “equitable services” to private school students under IDEA and Title I.
The report, entitled, “Private School Choice Programs Are Growing and Can Complicate Providing Certain Federally Funded Services to Eligible Students” recommends that “given the growing number of private school choice programs, the Secretary of Education should incorporate information about providing equitable services in the context of private school choice programs into guidance.” According to the report, the U.S. Department of Education agrees with this recommendation. Continue reading New GAO Report Examines Rapid Voucher Growth Across Nation
Last Monday (Aug. 1) was an important day for two reasons: 1) it marked the expiration date for the accountability waivers to states granted by the U.S. Department of Education (USED); and 2) it marked the deadline for interested parties to file comments on the USED’s proposed rules on accountability and state plans under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The USED received more than 20,000 comments on its draft rules on accountability, which is arguably the most controversial part of ESSA.