Net Neutrality; State ESSA Plans
Process and Protest: To advance educational excellence and equity, we must prioritize the needs of our most vulnerable students and communities. To accomplish this goal, we need clear processes for the deliberation and development of policy, and we need to take into account opposition to current and proposed policies and practices – protest – as a healthy part of those processes. This Newsbrief gives our sense of important and timely federal educational news within this process and protest context.
A Vote on Sweeping Changes to Internet Freedom
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote this week to overturn rules pertaining to “net neutrality.”… READ MORE >
State ESSA Plans: Notable Developments
US ED is reviewing and approving the state plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Recent changes to the review process and the recent approval of the plan submitted by Michigan have come with some controversy…. READ MORE >
Partner and Friend Updates:
- State Accountability Under ESSA: Fall 2017 Submissions: The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has reviewed the state ESSA plans submitted to US ED for the fall 2017 deadline, summarized the key elements in these plans, and analyzed how the new accountability systems in states propose to meet the requirements of federal law. Additional reviews of state plans from AIR are forthcoming.
- An Independent Review of ESSA State Plans: The Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners have completed their second and final round of reviews of ESSA state plans. In addition to the report linked above, they have compiled best practices at CheckStatePlans.org.
Be a Part of the Process
Stay up to date on the U.S. Department of Education decisions at ED.gov, where you can read updates from Secretary DeVos and subscribe to the US ED newsletter.
You can also advocate for all students by learning more about your state education policy – right now, states across the country are releasing drafts of their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These plans have open public comment periods and your input is critically important.