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Recent Actions Indicate the Potential for Reduction of Staff/Programs at USED

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 17, 2017

Recent activities at the national level indicate a potential Trump administration initiative to reduce the U.S. Department of Education’s (USED) staff and programs. In particular, three recent actions point in that direction.

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U.S. Senate Approves Resolution to Rescind Regulations for Accountability and State Plans Regulations – Teacher Preparation

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate recently voted to approve two resolutions to rescind education regulations. The resolution to rescind the Teacher Preparation regulations was the first to be approved. Those regulations relate to requirements for college and university teacher preparation programs. Later in the week the Senate voted to approve the resolution to rescind the regulations for Accountability and State Plans. The U.S. House passed similar resolutions earlier in the year.

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USED Issues Revised Template for ESSA State Plans

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 15, 2017

As promised, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) issued an updated template for ESSA State Plans. The document “Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan” was posted on March 13, 2017. The updated template follows closely on the heels of the U.S. Senate vote to rescind the regulations for Accountability and State Plans.

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Trump’s First Speech to Congress: “Pass an Education Bill that Funds School Choice”

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 3, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28th, President Donald Trump gave his first speech to Congress. The lengthy speech included a brief mention of education. He called education “the Civil Rights issue of our time” and asked Congress to pass a bill to fund school choice.

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U.S. Senate Introduces Resolution to Rescind Accountability and State Plan Regulations (No Impact on Parent Notice Requirements)

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 2, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28th, the U.S. Senate introduced Joint Resolution 25,
which if approved, would result in the ESSA regulations for accountability and state plans being rescinded. Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a “Resolution of Disapproval” for these regulations.

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ESSA parent notices are still required starting July 1, 2017, despite the pause in ESSA accountability system development

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 8, 2017

TransACT has received a number of questions recently about whether parent notices under ESSA will still be required for the 2017-2018 school year. This is because of confusion over the pause on the development of accountability systems. Despite the pause on accountability system development, ESSA will fully replace NCLB on July 1, 2017. This means that parent notices required by ESSA go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

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U.S. House Votes to Rescind Accountability and Teacher Preparation Regulations

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 6, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed “Resolutions of Disapproval” for two sets of education related regulations. This is the first step in rescinding these regulations using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The two sets of regulations that were ‘disapproved’ are the Accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Teacher Preparation regulations, which address issues of teacher preparation programs at institutes of higher education. 

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USED Pauses Technical Assistance for ESSA Accountability System Development

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 2, 2017

Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump put a hold on a number of regulations that hadn’t gone into full effect as yet, including the ESSA accountability regulations. The hold will last for 60 days and give the Trump administration until March 21, 2017 to rescind, change or allow the regulations to go into effect.

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