Students at the Bronx Lighthouse Charter Preparatory Academy got wind of Cruz's plan, and sent a letter to the principal saying that they would walk out of Cruz's slated appearance at the school on Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Education proposed a definition of severe cognitive disabilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but negotiators haven't accepted it yet.

Two members of the negotiated rulemaking committee who sometimes find themselves on opposite sides want the panel to reach agreement on Every Student Succeeds Act rules.

Despite collegial discussion, the committee hasn't reached agreement on a host of testing issues or started on what's arguably the thorniest proposal involving "supplement-not-supplant."

Yudin has been with the Education Department since 2010 in a variety of capacities. He became acting secretary of the office of special education and rehabilitative services, or OSERS, in August 2012, and was officially confirmed in that position in June 2015.

The Every Student Succeeds Act is over 1,000 pages long. And it's not exactly a thrill ride to read. Couldn't Congress have just put that thing on YouTube?

How much should state and district leaders rethink how they handle federal funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act? Quite a lot, some policy experts recommend.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to think differently about how we define educational excellence," he said at the annual legislative conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

More than half a dozen big edu-groups warn the department not to create any new definitions for supplement-not-supplant as it regulates on ESSA.

The U.S. Department of Education Friday released draft rules being negotiated on testing and on a spending portion of the Every Student Succeeds Act called "supplement-not-supplant."

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