Betsy DeVos pushed the misleading narrative again that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returns power to the states in her interview with AP.
After Michigan’s ESSA state accountability plan is rejected Acting Assistant Secretary of Elementary & Secondary Education Jason Botel is out at USDED.
Even with changes to the feedback process for state accountability plans required under the ESSA, the U.S. Department of Education is still nit-picky.
Vander Hart: Tweaking the feedback process for state accountability plans required under ESSA is not enough. Secretary Betsy DeVos can approve them all.
Betsy DeVos at the American Legislative Exchange Council gathering says she will reduce the U.S. Department of Education’s footprint, but what has she done?
Betsy DeVos has fully embraced the power ESSA gave her to approve state accountability plans and has no trouble with exerting federal control.
In the 17 state accountability plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education few highlight the Common Core, but not because it has disappeared.
The U.S. Department of Education just announced they are soliciting public feedback on cutting back and/or getting rid of burdensome education regulations.
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?
Shane Vander Hart: The Trump Administration can give lip service to local control, or they actually can respect it and allow Alabama to proceed with a new test.