The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) published a report in March 2019 reviewing states progress on their ESSA-driven responsibilities related to school improvement. The report includes a survey administered to 41 states and is organized around seven areas state education agencies are responsible for related to ESSA school improvement.
Education Secretary Julia Keleher, who was appointed in December 2016, stepped down on Tuesday, April 2. The same morning, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that Professor Eleuterio Álamo will serve as interim education secretary. Keleher oversaw the closure of more than 400 schools to save millions of dollars as Puerto Rico continues to see a sharp drop in enrollment amid a recession.
Secretary DeVos Praises Tennessee's Work to Expand Education Freedom and Encourages Stakeholder Involvement During Education Roundtable
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hosted a roundtable discussion on April 1 in Nashville, TN with more than 30 families, educators, stakeholders and elected officials to discuss the recently announced Education Freedom Scholarships policy proposal. The roundtable answered questions on the plan and discussed how these scholarships, which could total more than $100 million for Tennessee students, could be used to expand students' access to dual enrollment courses, apprenticeship programs, transportation to an out of district public school, or other education opportunities.
This report by New America analyzed professional teaching standards in all 50 states to better understand whether states’ expectations for teachers incorporate culturally responsive teaching. The review focused on the extent to which state standards explicitly address the eight CRT competencies of interest and how each state differentiates the standards.
Nebraska has set new requirements for teaching American civics in schools, allowing schools to choose from administering the naturalization test used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services once in the 8th grade and 12th grade, requiring students to attend or participate in a government meeting and complete a project about what they learned, or require students to complete a project or paper and class presentation about the national holidays. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the measure into law on March 27 after it won approval from state lawmakers.