The Secure Rural Schools program is designed to provide additional support for schools and local governments impacted by activities on federal lands and is linked to revenue from timber harvests on those lands.
One of the parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act that excited educators the most was the chance to look beyond test-scores in gauging school performance.
This is the secretary of education's third visit to school choice-friendly Florida, a state she recently described as a model for the nation on K-12 policy.
The states that submitted plans by the April 3 deadline take varied approaches when dealing with schools that fail to hit test-participation requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
States have many decisions to make about how they'll grade schools in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans, including whether to issue summative ratings or used dashboards.
At a gathering of business executives on April 4, President Donald Trump also repeated pledges he made on the campaign trail about the Common Core State Standards and the role of Washington in K-12
The bill, which passed on a voice vote, makes changes to data collection and reporting and to the contact juveniles can have with adult inmates, among other provisions.
At least nine states and the District of Columbia had turned in their plans to the feds, or were planning to by the end of Monday.
Here's what to look for on the goals states are setting, how they are rating schools, and what their plans are for school improvement under the new law.
Carlos Muniz, who worked for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will serve as the agency's general counsel, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.