The number one thing that advocates, education wonks, and reporters are watching this spring: How will the U.S. Department of Education decide to regulate on accountability for the Every Student Succeeds Act?
North Carolina New Schools was the first i3 grantee to go from the "validation" level—for programs with some evidence to back them up—to the Scale Up, for proven approaches ready to go big.
There's a lot of disagreement about what possible ESSA spending regulations could cost. But there have been a couple of attempts to put a price tag on the proposal to make spending between rich and poor schools more equal.
The No Child Left Behind Act was a huge mistake, standardized testing isn't worth believing in, and teachers should be more respected and better paid than they are, according to Jane Sanders, a social worker and academic and the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah
The backdrop for this is the tetchy debate over "supplement-not-supplant." That part of ESSA requires federal money not to be used to fill gaps left by state and local funding systems.
The law's lead authors in the House—Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, and Bobby Scott, the top Democrat—sent a letter to lawmakers who oversee K-12 spending asking for full funding—$1.6 billion or more—for a new flexible spending program.
So what has Fiorina said and done with respect to K-12? Not a whole lot, but during her 2016 campaign, we did get a few details from her about what she envisioned for education policy.
For the most part, Congress has been pretty quiet on K-12 in the months since it passed ESSA. But there are congressional elections this year, and some of them could have a notable impact on the two committees that deal with education policy.
"Where we are as a country isn't a truthful reflection of who we are ... We are better than folks struggling through the family separation, reunification, re-entry process without support," Secretary John B. King Jr. said during a Monday event.