RealClearEd Today: New In-Depth Report on Education Reform in One of the Nation’s Lowest-Performing States; Notre Dame Students Walk Out on VP Pence

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Good morning, it’s May 22, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the nation. It also happens to have some of the worst test scores in the nation. Today, we’re featuring our own deep dive into the battle for education reform within the state. We go in-depth on the fight between New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera and the teachers’ unions and the ongoing struggle over how to best implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. We also highlight some of the state’s remarkable education improvements, such as a 5.6 percent rise in graduation rates since 2011 (growth that’s better than the national average). And wait until you read about the incredible school turnarounds in Gallup-McKinley County Schools, one of the poorest areas in the entire United States. 

Secretary DeVos will speak before a friendly crowd tonight at the National Policy Summit of the American Federation for Children, the group she once chaired. DeVos is expected to unveil the administration’s school choice plans. We’ll keep a close eye on her speech. In other federal news, the Department of Education announced that it will cut its current contracts with nine different student loan servicing companies down to one. The changes will take place in 2019 once the current contracts expire. The Washington Post has the details of the policy change and how it would reverse the direction the Obama administration was moving in.

In other higher education news, dozens of Notre Dame students walked out on Vice President Mike Pence as soon as he began his commencement address. Some of the audience cheered while others rained down boos on the students who participated in the walk out. Freshman enrollment at the University of Missouri is down 35 percent in the past two years. Sarah Brown of the Chronicle of Higher Education has that story

Below are more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit

NEWSMAKERS: The head of Democrats for Education Reform blasts Trump and DeVos. 
IN THE STATES: A close look at the fight for education reform in one of the poorest and lowest-performing states in the country. 
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