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July 16, 2018

Does ESSA Require Teachers to Be Highly Qualified?

ESSA got rid of the requirement in the law it replaced, the No Child Left Behind Act, that teachers must be highly qualified, which typically meant they needed to have a bachelor's degree in the subject they are teaching and state certification.

July 12, 2018

Betsy DeVos OKs ESSA Plans for California, Utah

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos green-lighted California and Utah's plans to implement the Every Student Succeed Act. That means just one state is still waiting: Florida.

July 02, 2018

DeVos Approves Oklahoma's ESSA Plan

Oklahoma is the forty-seventh state to get the federal seal of approval for its plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. That leaves just three states waiting: California, Florida, and Utah.

July 02, 2018

Betsy DeVos OKs Puerto Rico's 'Student-Centered' Funding Plan

Puerto Rico is the first district to take advantage of the Every Student Succeeds Act's weighted student-funding pilot.

June 19, 2018

States Are Failing to 'Put Students' Civil Rights First' in ESSA Plans, Advocates Say

States are flouting the Every Student Succeeds Act's protections for vulnerable groups of children, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos letting them, civil groups said at an event in Washington.

June 17, 2018

How Do Districts Plan to Use Their ESSA Block Grant Money?

A survey by three education groups found that STEM, positive behavioral supports, and professional development are popular choices for how districts plan to spend a chunk of flexible Every Student Succeeds Act funding.

June 11, 2018

Can Districts Use ESSA Funds to Buy Crossing Guard Signs?

If districts want to purchase crossing guard signs with money from the Every Student Succeeds Act, their best bet is using money from the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, aka Title IV Part A of ESSA.

June 05, 2018

Betsy DeVos Greenlights ESSA Plans for Nebraska and North Carolina

U.S. Ed Secretary DeVos has approved plans for 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Still waiting: California, Florida, Oklahoma, and Utah.

June 04, 2018

Trump Administration Considering ESSA Spending Guidance, Advocates Say

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' team is working on guidance to help districts and states puzzle through changes to the law's "supplement-not-supplant" provisions, which are supposed to go into effect next school year, multiple sources say.

June 04, 2018

How Are States Handling Testing Opt-Outs Under ESSA?

Under ESSA, states must figure low testing participation into school ratings, but just how to do that is totally up to them.

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