Good morning, it’s May 18, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.
The Washington Post has secured a preview of Pres. Trump’s first education budget and it appears to be what most education experts predicted: major cuts to various federal education programs, like college work study programs, that would be used to finance the expansion of school choice. According to documents obtained by the Post, the administration plans to cut $10.6 billion and spend $400 million to expand charters and vouchers and another $1 billion to “push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies."
Yesterday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved a bill to revamp and reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The bill passed unanimously out of the committee and, according to Ed Week, “could become the first major education legislation sent to President Donald Trump during this Congress."
Our friends at the Collaborative for Student Success have provided a helpful rundown of education news from the states:
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the department has “no intention of scrapping its efforts to date in creating an ESSA state implementation plan." South Dakota released a summary of the state’s draft ESSA plan for public review. According to Education Week, “North Dakota officials are bracing for a fight with the federal Education Department," when it comes to their ESSA plan. In Kentucky, education stakeholders commented that SB1 is a “first step toward better education" and under ESSA, “returns local decision-making authority to our state and local school leaders." New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia launched a series of public hearings to receive feedback on the state’s ESSA plan. The Minnesota Legislature submitted a bill requiring members to review the state’s ESSA plan 30 days before submission to the Dept. of Education. In a blog post, Stand for Children Oregon discussed their state’s ESSA plan and the coalition they formed to advocate for Oregon students.
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