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Betsy DeVos' Hard Line on Every Student Succeeds Act | Truth in American Education

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Betsy DeVos’ Hard Line on Every Student Succeeds Act




We can file this under “we told you so.”
The New York Times notes that states are surprised by the hard line that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education now has in their enforcement of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who made a career of promoting local control of education, has signaled a surprisingly hard-line approach to carrying out an expansive new federal education law, issuing critical feedback that has rattled state school chiefs and conservative education experts alike.
President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015 as the less intrusive successor to the No Child Left Behind law, which was maligned by many in both political parties as punitive and prescriptive. But in the Education Department’s feedback to states about their plans to put the new law into effect, it applied strict interpretations of statutes, required extensive detail and even deemed some state education goals lackluster.
In one case, the acting assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, Jason Botelwrote to the State of Delaware that its long-term goals for student achievement were not “ambitious.”
Apparently only the Federal government is capable of deciding what is ambitious. Is this the local Betsy DeVos' Hard Line on Every Student Succeeds Act | Truth in American Education:

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