Smith & Love: States should pursue their own course under an administration that in Alabama’s case showed respect for local and state control of education.
Betsy DeVos has fully embraced the power ESSA gave her to approve state accountability plans and has no trouble with exerting federal control.
Jay Matthews: “In the spirit of confusing bipartisanship,” the Every Student Succeeds Act insisted each state define what an ineffective teacher was.
Betty Peters: Is the US Department of Education afraid allowing Alabama to choose its assessment would make it stray too far from the federal corral?
The Nebraska Department of Education has opened up their science standards (which look a lot like the Next Generation Science Standards) for public comment.
Jane Robbins: Some of the points that former education secretary Bill Bennett made in his op/ed defending the Every Student Succeeds Act are confused.
Lynne Taylor and Kirsten Lombard point out that local control is another term that is whose meaning is twisted in an effort to actually subvert it.
Lynne Taylor and Kirsten Lombard discuss the clear and hidden meanings of school choice that is currently shaping education policy.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) tells McClatchy in an interview that when it comes to education “sometimes doing nothing from the federal level is good.”
States should take the time legally allowed before submitting their state accountability plan required by ESSA to solicit and and post public feedback.