Are you ready for the next round of federal elections and their potential to change education policy? Maybe not—but either way, let's look at the landscape.
In addition to the many Republican stalwarts mentioned as possible education secretary candidates, former D.C. schools boss Michelle Rhee and charter school powerhouse Eva Moskowitz stand out.
Murray took over as the committee's number one Democrat in 2015, after control of the Senate flipped to Republicans. She was am architect of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Republican Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana, one of the foremost champions for school choice in Congress, said he's excited for the "big and bold" education plans he foresees under President-elect Donald Trump.
Spearman, a Republican elected in 2014, thinks that a Trump administration will give states more freedom to interpret things like ESSA spending requirements than President Barack Obama's administration has so far.
The President-elect doesn't have a track record on education, which means that his pick will send a really important signal on where he wants to go on policy.
The incoming Trump administration will likely embrace ESSA's local control spirit—and could seek changes to pending rules, current and former GOP Hill staffers predict.
President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary, whoever it is, won't be able to follow through on one of the campaign's signature education promises: scapping the common core standards.
The election of Donald Trump to the White House could be a major curve ball for implementation of the nearly year-old Every Student Succeeds Act.
With Donald Trump headed to the White House and the GOP controlling Congress, Republicans have their best chance yet to scrap—or seriously scale back—the Education Department.