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.
The next step in the process is for the Senate to pass similar “Resolutions of Disapproval” for these regulations. If that happens and the targeted regulations are rescinded, due to the requirements of the CRA, the Trump administration would be prohibited from issuing similar regulations to what was rescinded unless there is a new law signed.
The repercussions of rescinding these regulations could be tremendous. This is especially true for the accountability regulations because States are well into crafting their ESSA State Plans and accountability systems. If the accountability regulations are rescinded and cannot be replaced without another law being put in place, then States will only have statute and maybe non-binding Non-Regulatory Guidance to guide them as they develop their accountability systems.
It is important to note that this action has no impact on parent notices. TransACT is committed to keeping up with what is happening on the federal education level and reporting to you any impact that these actions might have on parent notices.
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