There's disagreement in the education policy world about whether (and to what extent) the Education Department should flex its muscles in crafting regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate education committee, says at least three major oversight hearings already are being planned on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A portion of the Every Student Succeeds Act requires the department to reduce the number of full-time equivalent employees working on programs or projects within the next year.
The civil rights community and district advocates have pretty different ideas about what the prohibitions on secretarial authority mean in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Title I funding would receive an increase after several years of flat funding, while charter schools, the National Assessment of Educational Programs, and Head Start would also see more money in the fiscal 2016 federal budget.
Data for the class of 2014 also showed that graduation gaps between white students and their black and Hispanic peers continued to close, even as each group's rate rose.
ESSA's regulatory process may be particularly tricky, since the law seeks to strike a delicate balance between handing power over to states and reining in the feds, while on the other hand ensuring there are some "guardrails" in place to help struggling schools and traditionally overlooked groups of students.
One of the lesser-noticed changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act concerns the $2.3 billion state teacher-quality grants program, also known as Title II.
So what do state superintendents plan to do with the new power they'll have under the Every Student Succeeds Act? And how much do they see accountability changing?
The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, puts states and districts back at the wheel on teacher evaluation, standards, school turnarounds, and accountability.