DeVos Attempts to Undermine ESSA Requirements
Apparently, that power stops at the schoolhouse door because it seems she doesn't believe in that power as far as what actually happens inside the school.
Basically, she directed that only governors should have input on ESSA accountability plans when the law itself says "the ESSA says that state education agencies (SEAs), when developing their accountability plans, must consult with outside stakeholders, including teachers, principals, parents, administrators and others."
Here's what the ED said on this change:
Q. What voice have outside stakeholders had in revising the template?
A. In developing this new template, the Department of Education (ED) has consulted State educational agencies; governors; organizations representing parents, teachers, and school and district leaders; and advocates for children, including those with disabilities and other students from educationally disadvantaged groups. Even in the very short timeline necessary to provide new information to states, ED invited numerous stakeholders to share their feedback, much of which was incorporated into the final template and other documents. ED strongly encourages States to consult with these groups.Okay, but there is still this business of what the LAW actually says.
Strongly encouraging the states isn’t what the actual law says. States are still required to meet ESSA’s statutory requirements even if the Education Department limits the information that they must submit in their consolidated state plans.Who's not happy with this (and it includes Senator Patty Murray):
The new template sparked criticism, including from the National Governors Seattle Schools Community Forum: DeVos Attempts to Undermine ESSA Requirements:
Seattle Schools Community Forum: This and That - http://saveseattleschools.blogspot.com/2017/03/this-and-that.html