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This Week in ESSA: Ohio, Montana, Oklahoma, New York Advance Plans as Group Promotes Evidence-Based Rules

July 23, 2017
In The News
The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing at which both Republican and Democratic lawmakers “expressed concern about the consistency of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states about ESSA plans.”
Committee chairwoman Virginia Foxx stated that the committee “will be watching to ensure that Washington keeps its distance” from state plans, and she “stressed that the new federal education law was only a part of what state and local school leaders had to deal with.”
On the Democratic side, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware — which faced some of the harshest criticism from the Department of Education — said consistency and clarity would help “people to be able to do their jobs better” and would foster better outcomes. Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici was more blunt, saying that “I don’t think we should be surprised there has been uncertainty and confusion” and that “what we really need is for the department to play a reliable role.”