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ESSA’s “Supplement, Not Supplant,” Continues to Divide Republicans and Democrats Over the Use of Title I Funds Article

September 27, 2016

Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over “supplement, not supplant,” an esoteric but important provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that governs the use of Title I funds. The most recent debate took place during a September 21 hearing held by the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

ESSA IMPLEMENTATION: During Hearing with Education Secretary, House Republicans Take Issue with Proposed ESSA Rules Article

June 28, 2016

At a U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing last week featuring U.S. Secretary of Education John King, Republicans continued to argue that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is overstepping its bounds with proposed regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act late last year. Democrats and ED continued to express their belief that ESSA regulations must include safeguards for students of color, students from low-income families, and other traditionally underserved students.

ENSURING EQUITY IN ESSA: More than Half of U.S. States Risk Ignoring Academic Needs of Many Students, New Alliance for Excellent Education Report Finds Article

June 14, 2016

The academic needs of large numbers of African American and Latino students, students from low-income families, English language learners, students with disabilities, and other groups of traditionally underserved students in twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia could be ignored under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), according to a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance).

ESSA IMPLEMENTATION: Education Department Provides More Details on Accountability, Data Reporting, and State Plan Provisions Article

June 01, 2016

In order to “provide clarity” to states, school districts, and schools as they implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released proposed regulations on May 26 regarding ESSA’s provisions on accountability, data reporting, and state plans.

SEE YOU IN COURT?: Disagreements in Congress Over Implementation of New Education Law Article

April 19, 2016

In the weeks since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, congressional Republicans, especially Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN)—a former U.S. Secretary of Education—have warned the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to follow the letter of the law when it begins implementing ESSA.

KING FOR A DAY: Acting Education Secretary Shares Personal Passion for Education, Thoughts on ESSA Implementation During Senate Education Committee Confirmation Hearing Article

March 08, 2016

If his February 25 confirmation hearing before the Senate education committee, which was called “collegial” by the Washington Post and Education Week, is any indication, Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King should receive a favorable recommendation when the committee meets to vote on his nomination on March 9. After that vote occurs, it is uncertain when the full Senate will consider King’s confirmation.

FULL SPEED AHEAD ON ESSA IMPLEMENTATION: Congress, U.S. Department of Education Hold Hearings on New Law as Acting Education Secretary John King Prepares for Busy Week on Capitol Hill Article

February 23, 2016

Although the Every Student Success Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act, most of its provisions will not take effect until the 2017–18 school year. Still, that leaves little time for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to issue regulations on how states and districts should implement ESSA in instances where the law as written leaves things open to interpretation.

ANNUAL NGA STATE OF THE STATE: Governors Herbert and McAuliffe Outline Governors’ Priorities in 2016 Article

January 27, 2016

In the annual National Governors Association (NGA) State of the States address, Utah Gov. and NGA Chair Gary Herbert (R) and Virginia Gov. and NGA Vice Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) called for “meaningful collaboration” between the federal government and states and pointed to the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as an example of what such a process could look like.

MORE WORK NEEDED: Implementation of New Education Law Must Sharpen Focus on Traditionally Underserved Students and Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education President Says to Education Department Article

January 12, 2016

During the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) January 11 public meeting on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise praised high school reform provisions within ESSA, signed into law by President Obama on December 10, but urged ED to clarify the law’s focus on traditionally underserved students and the nation’s lowest-performing high schools.

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