Democrats and Republicans who worked on ESSA said the education secretary would not be able to reject a state's plan because of lack of choice without violating a long list of prohibitions in the law.
The Trump administration argues the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is not very effective, but some advocates and educators beg to differ.
Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the top Democrat on the House education committee, wants the money to be used by local community partnerships for dropout prevention, workforce training, and more.
At the Brookings Institution, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos discussed school choice, student performance on national and international exams, states' ESSA plans, and more.
The secretary of education didn't enjoy the smoothest confirmation process. Could that be a factor in her low ranking in a recent Saint Leo University survey?
The national survey by an educator-focused group also found that teachers have mixed views on whether states will make big changes thanks to the new federal education law.
States start submitting their plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act beginning next week, and new federal guidance outlines rules for those reviewing the plans.
Trump wants a roughly 50 percent cut to Title II grants to states to $1.1 billion in the 2017 fiscal year as well as other cuts for a total of $3 billion, according to media reports.
President Donald Trump has proposed getting rid of the Title II program, which help districts and states pay for teacher and principal development, class-size reduction, and more.
Private and charter schools were considered the big winners in President Donald Trump's budget blueprint. The problem for some school of choice? Private and charter schools would be squeezed by the proposed cuts, just like regular public schools.