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.
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?
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.
Former Secretary of Education William Bennett is concerned that Massachusetts watered down their academic standards, but won’t say how they did it.
Shane Vander Hart: On WWMT Channel 3 (West Michigan’s CBS affiliate) last week DeVos reiterated that Common Core is gone and she is still wrong.