U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is approving plans that fly in the face of the Every Student Succeeds Act's protections for vulnerable children, according to more than a dozen civil rights groups, including the Alliance for Excellent Education.
“The problem isn’t a lack of innovation,” said Phillip Lovell, vice president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a D.C.-based advocacy group. “The problem is a lack of adherence to the law’s protections for historically underserved students.”
Murray, other Democrats on the Senate education committee as well as advocacy organizations such as the Alliance for Excellent Education have argued that DeVos has OK'd plans that allow schools to get the highest rating (say an A) in their state's school rating system, even if subgroups of students such as minorities and those with disabilities are falling behind.
“Public reporting is going to be very important, because state systems, like what goes into [calculating] letter grades for schools, are incredibly complex,” said Phillip Lovell.
“Public reporting is going to be very important, because state systems, like what goes into [calculating] letter grades for schools, are incredibly complex,” said Phillip Lovell, the vice president of policy development and government relations for the Alliance for Excellent Education.
“We’re not quite seeing the bold jump to innovation that we would like to see,” said Chip Slaven, a senior advocacy advisor for the Alliance for Excellent Education, which works to improve high schools.
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