Betsy DeVos, who Donald Trump has picked to lead the U.S. Department Education, has a long and controversial record of advocating for school choice nationally, but especially in her home state of Michigan.
The Education Department's office for civil rights, which got 16,720 complaints in fiscal 2016, has taken heat from Republicans in Congress and others about its guidance and enforcement approach.
A short-term budget deal to keep the government running addresses the water contamination in cities like Flint, Mich., but does not otherwise contain significant changes for education.
The Obama administration released regulations governing how testing is supposed to work under ESSA, and announced $8 million in new assessment grants.
The new set of materials includes a guide for those leaving juvenile-justice facilities, a toolkit for administators and other educators to assist youth in the juvenile-justice system.
DeVos would be the first person to lead the department in its more than 35-year history who hasn't been either attended public schools or sent her own children to them. Does that matter? It depends on who you ask.
Last year, Republicans on Capitol Hill and a range of school groups teamed up to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act. But a school voucher push may divide them.
The North Carolina Republican, who takes a dim view of federal involvement in education policy, will replace Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who is retiring.
Some are worried about the enforcement of various civil rights issues by President-elect Donald Trump, but others say the office has overstepped its bounds under President Barack Obama.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, hosted its annual summit in Washington, focusing this year on the Every Student Succeeds Act.