The nation’s only federally funded voucher program had a negative impact on student achievement from one year to the next, particularly in math, according to a new federal analysis of the program that helps about 1,100 students in the District of Columbia attend private school.
President Donald Trump’s plan to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. Education Department to study and scale back the federal footprint in K-12 education came as no surprise to accountability hawks critical of the administration’s retreat and was encouraging news to conservatives, who say it can’t happen fast enough.
President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that requires Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study whether and how the federal government has overstepped its legal authority in K-12 schools, a move he framed as part of his administration’s broader effort to shift power from Washington to states and local communities.
President Trump is set to unveil his far-reaching tax reform proposal Wednesday, and the eyes of the education world will be focused on whether it includes the creation of a federal tax credit scholarship program.
As Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pulled up to the squat, cinder-block school in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, she passed a small group of protesters — and counterprotesters — huddled beneath umbrellas in the rain, bearing signs that said, “Good Morning Mrs. DeVos” and “Vouchers only help the rich.”
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday that would require Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study how the federal government “has unlawfully overstepped state and local control,” according to a White House official.
States that have already submitted accountability plans to the U.S. Department of Education in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act are using many metrics in crafting ways to determine student performance and achievement, according to an analysis of the 12 submitted plans conducted by Education Week.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited an Ohio school district Thursday at the invitation of one of her chief critics, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who used the occasion to make a case for investment in public schools.
The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, a church-state lawsuit with the potential to become a landmark decision for schools across the nation.
A rural northwest Ohio school district will become the center of the national education discussion Thursday when U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the president of the American Federation of Teachers visit Van Wert City Schools.