Duncan's voice broke with emotion as he talked about the 16,000 children killed by gun violence across the country during his first six years as secretary of education.
What if ESSA hadn't crossed the finish line and the next president still had to deal with waivers in 2017? How would some of the White House hopefuls have handled them?
"President-Elect Ted Cruz Appoints Arne Duncan as Education Secretary" and other stories you likely won't be reading next year.
We've been pretty occupied with news and analysis of the Every Student Succeeds Act at the end of this year—and our readers have been pretty busy reading about it.
If you've been starved for any sustained discussion about public schools from any of the presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton provided some Christmas cheer earlier this week.
If you've been wondering how many states had significant issues with test participation last spring, there's now an answer from the U.S. Department of Education.
The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to states, warning that they need to be prepared to handle their testing opt-outs in 2015-16.
The department said the state must show that it is administering the same test statewide to students in grades 3-8 and high school by May 31, 2016, or else potentially lose a portion of the state's Title I funds.
The last eight states to get their plans approved are Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Oregon, South Dakota, and Texas, along with Puerto Rico.
The Every Student Succeeds Act contains changes to non-competitive Education Department formula grants, but the fiscal 2016 federal budget impacts when those changes will begin.