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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.

May 29, 2018

Can Districts Use the SAT or ACT for School Accountability Without State OK?

This guidance, from the U.S. Department of Education, makes it crystal clear: "A state has discretion as to whether it will offer ... this flexibility."

May 22, 2018

DeVos Defends Civil Rights Record, Backs Better Pay for 'Great Teachers' at House Hearing

House Democrats and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights and ESSA, but largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of the Texas high school shooting last week.

May 20, 2018

Five Things to Watch for When Betsy DeVos Makes Rare Visit to Capitol Hill

The U.S. secretary of education will speak to lawmakers on the House education committee on Tuesday about the department's "policies and priorities."

May 17, 2018

ESSA: How Can States Figure Out If New School Improvement Ideas Work?

Two nonprofits that work with states suggest in a new report that they develop procedures to build evidence and establish outside partnerships, among other strategies to vet school improvement ideas.

May 16, 2018

Betsy DeVos Approves ESSA Plans for Alaska and Iowa

That brings the number of states with approved plans to 44, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Still awaiting the OK: California, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Utah

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