Jane Robbins: The clash in Utah is between parents’ inherent right to govern their children’s education and indeed protect them from harm, as explicitly protected by state law, and federal mandates. Guess which won?
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos responded to the stagnant nationwide scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) but touted Florida who saw gains in fourth and eighth-grade reading and math scores as a bright spot.
Nicholas Tampio: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called the education standards known as the Common Core a “disaster” and proclaimed: “At the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is dead.” The reality, however, is that the Common Core is still very much alive.
Erin Tuttle: Considering the evidence showing the discipline policies pushed by the U.S. Department of Education’s federal guidance makes schools less safe and even dangerous, why would Indiana legislators even consider adopting HB 1421?
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cited the flexibility of the Every School Succeeds Act (ESSA) speaking at a Council of Chief State School Officers’ gathering, while at the same time, complained about the state plans she has approved just met the “bare minimum.”
President Donald Trump released his proposed FY19 budget this week and it proposes cutting $8.1 billion from the U.S. Department of Education’s discretionary spending compared to what the department received from the annualized FY18 continuing resolutions.
President Donald Trump did not explicitly address K-12 education in his first State of the Union address last night and had very little to say about education in general.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Kent Talbert was just appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education as Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Secretary. He joins Robert Eitel who is a senior counselor to DeVos and the Department’s regulatory reform officer.
Jane Robbins: The key position of assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education has gone to Frank Brogan, a longtime Jeb Bush ally from Florida.
Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), accused Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of approving state plans that flaunt ESSA.