DeVos said that the country's higher education system is in "crisis" thanks in part to a "government takeover of the student lending system" under the Obama administration. That claim met with strong criticism.
At least five states want to gauge school performance in part on access to arts education.
Federal lawmakers had a big menu of issues to tackle, like DACA, student-data privacy, and higher education, during this Congress. But the list of accomplishments may fall short of what many sought or expected.
Pastorek, who helped lead the overhaul of New Orleans' schools after Hurricane Katrina, will help the island with everything from ESSA to philanthropic support as its schools recover from Hurricane Maria.
The office for civil rights is reversing itself on several key changes in the manual that outlines how it investigates civil rights claims.
State chiefs who want to make changes to the ESSA plans must first consult with their governors, and give the education community an opportunity to comment.
While most of the debate over Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sexual discrimination in education, has centered on colleges and universities, the new civil rights guidance will affect K-12 schools, too.
A study of 17 states finds shortcomings in their school turnaround approaches and says it can be hard to tell how states will sustain their school improvement efforts.
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to publish a host of new information, including data on school-by-school spending, long-term English-learners, homeless and foster students, and more.
Restraint and seclusion is controversial in the special education community; one in 100 students with special needs was restrained or secluded in the 2013-14 school year, according to federal data.