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Privileged Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Deserve a Good Education – Education Week

Throughout the past year, we have heard broad assertions that U.S. public schools are failing low-income children, suggestions that teachers are a major part of the problem, and pledges from President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to fix the problem in a business-like manner.

Betsy DeVos: Stop ‘Forcing’ Four-Year Degrees as Only Pathway to Success

Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told a meeting Monday that the country needs to quit trying to push every student to attend a four-year college, and open up apprenticeships and other workplace learning experiences to more students.

ESSA growth vs. proficiency: a former teacher’s perspective

Right now, state education departments are working to try to come up with a plan that meets all the requirements of the Federal government's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). One area that has received a lot of attention in ESSA is the student accountability section and the required indicators that hold schools accountable for student...

Here’s Why Music Education Is Essential For Underserved Schools

Sway Calloway knows firsthand the life lessons kids receive while learning to play instruments. Mastering the song flute, clarinet and alto saxophone fostered a love for music that he eventually turned into a career as one of the most well-known hip-hop journalists today. 

Is Testing the Only Way a Student Can Achieve Success Under ESSA?

The Every Student Succeeds Act kept in place the testing regimen from the law it replaced, the No Child Left Behind Act. That means that states still have to test students in grades three through eight and once in high school. 

Five Things to Know About the $250 Tax Break That Teachers Could Lose – Education Week

The tax bill proposed by House Republicans would eliminate the $250 deduction teachers can claim for classroom supplies—and educators aren’t taking to it kindly.

How Would Typical Teachers Fare Under the GOP’s Tax Bill? – Education Week

Republican lawmakers’ proposed changes to the federal tax code are causing a stir in the education community. Teachers and others are zeroing in on the bill’s repeal of the $250 tax deduction teachers and principals can take for spending their own money on classroom supplies. But, aside from that, how could the bill impact an individual teacher’s tax bill?

Betsy DeVos to Visit Schools in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is visiting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to see schools' recovery efforts after damage caused by recent hurricanes.

States Ignore Social Competency for Students in ESSA Plans

Not a single state’s plan to comply with the federal education law—and its broader vision for judging school performance—calls for inclusion of such measures in its school accountability system...

Policy Experts Discuss Educating Black Students in the New Jim Crow Era

After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most Black children.

Segregating Public Schools Won’t Make America Great Again

Rushern Baker, the county executive of Prince Georges County, Md., says that our public school system is the most segregated place in America.

Every Student Succeeds Act in Episode 84 of Transition Tuesday

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been revised by Congress several times. In 1965, Congress created the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was later reauthorized as The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and was most recently reauthorized in 2015 as The Every Student Succeeds Act. This act is important because it means that States and school districts are responsible to ensure that every child achieves.

Report: Trump Seeks $1 Billion School Choice Measure for Military Families

President Donald J. Trump's administration may support a school choice measure for children from militiary families.

Here’s How Often Betsy DeVos Has Visited Public Schools as Education Secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stirs up controversy with nearly every public appearance and speech, and many of those have been at schools around the country in recent weeks.

Ready For Some Good News? Educators Share What’s Happening in Their Classrooms

It's easy to be overwhelmed by all the bad news lately, so we asked educators to let us know about the great things going on in their schools.

Trump Is Speaking to Heritage; Four Things to Know About Its K-12 Record

Set your DVR: President Donald Trump will be speaking at the Heritage Foundation's "President's Club" meeting Tuesday night. There's no way to know whether, €”or how much, education will play in the speech. Supposedly, taxes are the big focus.

How Far Behind Is Trump in Staffing the Ed. Dept. Compared to Obama?

President Donald Trump has finally, finally started to nominate people to fill the top political ranks at the U.S. Department of Education. Recently, for example, the White House announced its pick for deputy secretary (former South Carolina state chief Mick Zais) and for assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education (Michigan state Rep. Tim Kelly.) 

Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

“Apprenticeships have the potential to offer America’s students the hands-on education needed for today’s in-demand jobs, and expanding these opportunities will prepare them for success in the 21st century economy,” said Secretary DeVos.

Will Trump Get His K-12 Budget Cuts? Washington Edu-Insiders Say No.

President Donald Trump alarmed a lot of the education community when he proposed slashing the U.S. Department of Education's nearly $70 billion budget by $9 billion. So will those cuts become a reality?

Three Ways Betsy DeVos Could Push School Choice Without Congress

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' school choice agenda has run into roadblocks on Capitol Hill. But, from her perch at the department, she has other levers to get states and districts to offer kids more schooling options, without help from anyone in Congress.

Parents Deserve “Real” School Choice

Dr. Elizabeth Primas challenges Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on school choice.

The Importance of Educating All Children

"Some students begin school ahead of the pack. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure all children, irrespective of their initial academic level continue to make progress." - Dr. Elizabeth Primas talk about the Every Student Succeeds Act and the importance of educating all children.

ALC Panel Encourages High School Students to Pursue STEM Careers

A recent panel discussion hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, showcased the importance of an education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

VIDEO: FULL COMMITTEE HEARING – Senate Committee Discussed State Innovation under ESSA

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on state innovation under ESSA. During the hearing, Chairman Lamar Alexander commented that "Tennessee, Louisiana, and New Mexico have taken the most advantage of the flexibility" offered under ESSA, in terms of "creating innovative...

Innovation, Civil Rights, and DeVos Focus of Senate ESSA Hearing

State education chiefs at a Senate hearing Tuesday outlined how they are using the Every Student Succeeds Act to initiate and expand on efforts to improve college- and career-readiness and help low-performing schools. Senators, meanwhile, expressed concerns along partisan lines about the proper balance of power between Washington and the states. 

State Chiefs: We Won’t Walk Away From Disadvantaged Groups Under ESSA

Washington - When the Every Student Succeeds Act passed in 2015, there was widespread worry that states would walk away from making sure that particular groups of students, English-language learners, students in special education, and racial minorities, €”mattered in their school accountability systems.

Trump Taps Common-Core Foe Mick Zais for No. 2 Post at Ed. Dept.

President Donald Trump has tapped Mitchell "Mick" Zais, the former South Carolina chief state school officer and a vehement opponent of the Common Core State Standards, as deputy secretary, the number two position at the U.S. Department of Education.

VIDEO: National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence

The NNPA hosted the National Black Parent Town Hall during the group's annual convention in Prince George's County, Md.

Education Secretary DeVos Announces 2017-18 School Ambassador Fellows

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the U.S. Department of Education's 2017 cohort of School Ambassador Fellows. This year's cohort includes four teachers, one principal and one counselor.

Trump’s Ignoring Us, Say White House Advisory Groups for Students of Color

Education Week — Three White House commissions that address education issues for black, Hispanic, and Asian American and Pacific Islander students say they haven't met since President Donald Trump took office, and that his administration has ignored their attempts to reach out. They may not be around much longer. 

National News: If your teacher looks like you, you may do better in school

There's mounting evidence that when black students have black teachers, those students are more likely to graduate high school. That new study takes this idea even further, providing insight into the way students actually think and feel about the teachers who look like them and those who don't.

Fordham Institute Hosts “The ESSA Achievement Challenge”

The Fordham Institute is hosting “The ESSA Achievement Challenge” to “identify states with strong plans and distinct approaches and hear state superintendents and education advocates make the case that their work will lead to greater student success.” Attendees will vote on who they think will show the most achievement gains in coming years. 

FULL COMMITTEE HEARING — The Every Student Succeeds Act: Unleashing State Innovation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing to discuss state innovation under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Decades after “Little Rock Nine,” school segregation lingers – Education Week

It had been three years since the Supreme Court had declared "separate but equal" in America's public schools unconstitutional, but the decision was met with bitter resistance across the South. It would take more than a decade before the last vestiges of Jim Crow fell away from classrooms.

Nominee for Top Education Dept. Attorney: I’d Tell Officials to Follow ESSA

The nominee to be the U.S. Department of Education's lead attorney, under questioning from the top Democrat for education in the Senate, said he would tell states and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to follow the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Rivalries, Political Infighting Marked States’ ESSA Planning – Education Week

The grinding, two-year process of drafting accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act has upended states' K-12 political landscape and laid bare long-simmering factions among power brokers charged with putting the new federal education law into effect this school year.

House OKs Bill to Slash Education Budget as School Choice Push Loses Out

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve an education funding bill that would cut about $2.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education, a roughly 3.5 percent reduction from the agency's current budget of $68.4 billion.

Catching Up: John B. King Jr. on Trump, ESSA, and Heading Back to the Classroom

Last year at this time then-U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was on a back-to-school bus tour through a swath of the South, touring school districts hit by a hurricane, and dropping by a charter high school in New Orleans to talk to students about a recent turnaround effort. 

Senate Bill Blocks Trump, DeVos on K-12 Cuts and School Choice – Education Week

Senators are pouring cold water on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' vision of a big new investment in school choice, as well as the Trump administration's plans to dramatically slash spending at the U.S. Department of Education.

Update on Department of Education Response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

Washington — As part of its ongoing efforts to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Department of Education released the following update:

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ESSA growth vs. proficiency: a former teacher’s perspective

Right now, state education departments are working to try to come up with a plan that meets all the requirements of the Federal government’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). One area that has received a lot of attention in ESSA is the student accountability section and the required indicators that hold schools accountable for student…

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How Would Typical Teachers Fare Under the GOP’s Tax Bill? – Education Week

Republican lawmakers’ proposed changes to the federal tax code are causing a stir in the education community. Teachers and others are zeroing in on the bill’s repeal of the $250 tax deduction teachers and principals can take for spending their own money on classroom supplies. But, aside from that, how could the bill impact an individual teacher’s tax bill?

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Every Student Succeeds Act in Episode 84 of Transition Tuesday

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been revised by Congress several times. In 1965, Congress created the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was later reauthorized as The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and was most recently reauthorized in 2015 as The Every Student Succeeds Act. This act is important because it means that States and school districts are responsible to ensure that every child achieves.

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How Far Behind Is Trump in Staffing the Ed. Dept. Compared to Obama?

President Donald Trump has finally, finally started to nominate people to fill the top political ranks at the U.S. Department of Education. Recently, for example, the White House announced its pick for deputy secretary (former South Carolina state chief Mick Zais) and for assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education (Michigan state Rep. Tim Kelly.) 

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The Importance of Educating All Children

“Some students begin school ahead of the pack. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure all children, irrespective of their initial academic level continue to make progress.” – Dr. Elizabeth Primas talk about the Every Student Succeeds Act and the importance of educating all children.

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