Do ESSA Regulations Reflect ESSA Statute? Short Answer--Yes
Since the 192 pages of ESSA regulations were posted recently for public comment, FairTest, AFT/NEA, and Diane Ravitch have been pretending that the regulations do not uphold and, otherwise, overstep the intent of the 1000+ page federal statute that comprises ESSA. No doubt all these parties who are complicit in supporting this awful legislation would like to pretend that the awful regulations somehow disguise the good intent of ESSA. Nothing could be further from the truth. The regulations are remarkably consistent with what the ESSA demands.
FairTest is presently posting on numerous groups to urge individuals and organizations to comment on the ESSA regulations. And if you don’t have time to read the regs, just use their comments. Right?
Well, I took the time to read the Regulations AND the ESSA, upon which the regs are based. FairTest is simply trying to cover their ass for supporting ESSA’s continued assault on public schools.
But, hey, what could they do? After all, the corporate Democrats knew what kind of education policy they would support—the same one that Wall Street supports and that the Republicans support. FairTest’s analysis is all smoke and mirrors. See below FairTest recommendations in italics with my responses following.
The DoE must remove or thoroughly revise five draft regulations:
_DoE draft regulation 200.15_ would require states to lower the ranking of any school that does not test 95% of its students or to identify it as needing “targeted support.” No such mandate exists in ESSA. This provision violates statutory language that ESSA does not override “a State or local law regarding the decision of a parent to not have the parent’s child participate in the academic assessments.” This regulation appears designed primarily to undermine resistance to Schools Matter: Do ESSA Regulations Reflect ESSA Statute? Short Answer--Yes:
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