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House votes to change ESSA accountability rules

If the resolution overturning the Every Student Succeeds Act accountability rules is successful, it could have far-reaching consequences.

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By Ken Wackes March 2017

From “House Votes to Overturn ESSA Accountability, Teacher-Prep Rules” in EducationWeek by Andrew Ujifusa on February 7th, 2017:

The House of Representatives voted to overturn regulations crafted by the Obama administration for accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act, as well as those for teacher-preparation programs.

If the ESSA resolution overturning the accountability rules is successful, it could have far-reaching consequences for the U.S. Department of Education, state officials, and local district leaders.”

From “Measure to Overturn ESSA Accountability Rules Introduced in Senate” in EducationWeek also by Andrew Ujifusa on March 1st, 2017:

A measure to block the Obama administration’s regulations governing accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act was introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee. . . .

If the Senate passes Alexander’s resolution and Trump gives the thumbs-up, the Obama-era rules for accountability and state plans would have no force, an alarming prospect for Democrats in Congress and civil rights advocates, who say these regulations include crucial protections for disadvantaged students.

However, congressional Republicans and some school groups have supported the move, saying that state K–12 leaders and schools need more flexibility, and that the U.S. Department of Education can still provide non-regulatory guidance and technical assistance to states seeking more clarity or other help with accountability provisions of the law.

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