Federal Flash: Secretary DeVos to States—Don’t Expect Assessment Waivers in 2021

RSS feed

Posted:
September 08, 2020 06:30 am

In today’s Federal Flash, a flurry of activity across multiple federal agencies. First, we cover the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) eleventh-hour reversal to extend waivers that have made it easier for school districts to serve free school meals, plus the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) new guidance that ends state reimbursement for cloth face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) for schools. We also have all the details on Secretary Betsy DeVos’s letter to chief state school officers about spring 2021 assessments.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
coronavirus, DACA, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: Senate Republicans’ Plan to Coerce Schools to Physically Reopen This Fall

RSS feed

Posted:
July 30, 2020 12:14 am

FF 07 30

In today’s Federal Flash, we break down the education proposals in the Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief package, known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act, and cover the reaction to it. We also provide an update on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new guidelines for reopening schools.  

Read Entire Post

Categories:
coronavirus, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: Students of Color Caught in the Homework Gap

RSS feed

Posted:
July 24, 2020 12:22 am

In today’s Federal Flash, a breakdown of new data shows that the homework gap is much larger than previously thought—especially for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and those living in rural areas. We’ll also provide an update on Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief proposal and school nutrition advocates’ push to extend a key flexibility for school meal programs. 

Read Entire Post

Categories:
coronavirus, E-Rate, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: The Trump Administration Faces Backlash on Plan to Reopen Schools

RSS feed

Posted:
July 16, 2020 03:45 pm

Today’s Federal Flash, covers the backlash over the White House’s push to reopen school buildings full time in the fall. It also shares updates on the House education spending bill for next fiscal year, the Education Department’s postponement of the Civil Rights Data Collection, and a lawsuit to overturn Secretary DeVos’ rule on equitable services under the CARES Act.  

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Federal Flash

Federal Flash: What’s in Patty Murray’s $430 Billion Coronavirus Relief Plan for Education?

RSS feed

Posted:
July 02, 2020 12:19 am

In today’s Federal Flash, we cover the largest coronavirus aid package proposed in Congress to date to support education and childcare. Plus, two significant actions affecting private schools: a new rule from Secretary DeVos on equitable services under the CARES Act and a Supreme Court decision on the participation of religious schools in private school choice programs. 

Read Entire Post

Categories:
coronavirus, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: The Supreme Court Saves DACA … For Now

RSS feed

Posted:
June 22, 2020 04:16 pm

In today’s Federal Flash, we cover major Supreme Court rulings to protect Dreamers from deportation and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ) employees from workplace discrimination. We’ll also share highlights from two congressional hearings on the challenge of reopening schools and competing proposals for police reform.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
coronavirus, DACA, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: What’s Missing from House Democrats’ Latest Coronavirus Bill? A Lot!

RSS feed

Posted:
May 14, 2020 02:00 pm

Federal Flash 05_13

In today’s bonus episode of the Federal Flash, we’ll summarize what is, and is not, included in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion coronavirus relief proposal. We’ll also discuss the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) final Title IX regulations.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
coronavirus, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: Education Advocates’ Reactions, Concerns, and Questions about the CARES Act

RSS feed

Posted:
April 07, 2020 10:05 pm

On this edition of the Federal Flash, we’re taking a deeper look at the funding and flexibility included in the stimulus bill passed by Congress and the steps the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is taking to implement it. But first, a quick reminder to check out all4ed.org/coronavirus, our online hub for resources related to the pandemic.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
coronavirus, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: What Federal Policymakers Have Done to Help Schools Respond to Coronavirus

RSS feed

Posted:
March 30, 2020 07:20 pm

Loyal viewers might notice that this Federal Flash, just like so many other aspects of daily life, looks a little different. With All4Ed staffers staying home like most Americans, we are committed to continue sharing the most critical education updates with you from our home offices, kitchen tables, and comfiest armchairs. We’ve also created a webpage for all of our coronavirus-related resources and information at all4ed.org/coronavirus.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Federal Flash

Why End-of-Course Exams Are Being Replaced By the ACT and SAT, and How to Reverse That

RSS feed

Posted:
September 13, 2019 05:51 pm

This post was originally published in the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper.

In the last month, two reports have renewed questions about the current direction of states’ high school assessments. The first, End-of-Course Exams and Student Outcomes, from Fordham’s Adam Tyner and Lafayette College’s Matthew Larsen, finds that end-of-course assessments (EOCs)—tests designed around specific high school courses, like algebra II or biology—are correlated with higher high school graduation rates and college admissions test scores. Despite these positive effects, however, Tyner and Larsen also find that EOCs may be slipping in popularity among states. The second report, The New Testing Landscape: How State Assessments are Changing under the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act, by Lynn Olson of FutureEd, reveals one of the reasons why: the rise of the ACT or SAT as states’ primary high school assessments.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Assessments, Every Student Succeeds Act