The whole episode around the Department of Education's determination of Delaware's ESSA plan is a remarkable example of bureaucracy and paper-pushing run amok. It's also eerily familiar.
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July 11, 2017
June 06, 2017
I was struck by how the reactions to my blog last week felt like just one more illustration of a larger shift in education reform.
May 31, 2017
All the recent fascination with states' ESSA plans brings to mind the infamous TPS reports from the movie Office Space.
May 16, 2017
A disproportionate amount of time, money, and energy has been devoted to scrutinizing and opining on states' new ESSA plans—as if boilerplate bluster will ultimately make a big difference for what happens in schools.
February 15, 2017
As states focus on rolling out their ESSA plans, it's important that they think about how the pieces fit together.
February 09, 2017
Direct Student Services is a provision in ESSA giving states new leeway to expand educational choice efforts by allowing them to use some federal dollars to expand instructional choice, beyond just school choice. I talked with Chiefs for Change's Julia Rafal-Baer to find out more.
March 03, 2016
ESSA will only deliver on the opportunities it seeks to create if people making decisions in states, systems, and schools understand what's possible and make the changes work for them and their students.
December 22, 2015
The White House has been laboring to recast ESSA as a win, and this matters a lot, because how the law is interpreted, applied, and understood will determine what the law means in practice. Consequently, it's worth scrutinizing some of the White House claims.
December 15, 2015
Now that the dust has settled on the ESSA decision, here are five quick thoughts on what went down last week.
November 30, 2015
It's crunch time for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). I walk through the bill and see how it stacks up.