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.
You may have read over and over that the Every Student Succeeds Act shifts more power over education policy to states. But what you may be less familiar with is the overall political landscape in the states.
There's a little noticed provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act that could help states and districts use federal funding to expand or try out academic services for individual kids.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hasn't said a lot about public schools on the GOP presidential campaign trail, but his handful of policy positions are pretty clear. And one of them is an old favorite for many conservatives.
The last round of the Obama administration's Investing in Innovation grant program as we know it starts now, with applications available later this month.
Duncan's analysis and opinion pieces will appear on the Brown Center Chalkboard, the Institution's policy blog.