Politics & Education

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  • Feds pan CA’s ESSA plan, setting up new conflict

    (Calif.) After getting a highly critical review from federal regulators of the California plan for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, state officials promised to work cooperatively on some issues but also warned other things were non-negotiable.

  • State report cards vastly improve, still can use work

    (District of Columbia) State report cards have improved since last year as policymakers have begun including more timely and relevant information, but more can be done to make school report cards easier to understand, a new study shows.

  • Analysis: The hole in CA’s attendance data

    Woody Allen once famously observed that 80 percent of success in life is showing up. For students in California public schools, the bar is much lower—they only need to get to class a fraction of the time to still qualify as having perfect attendance.

  • Ed. funding remains low, drops further in several states

    (District of Columbia) As many states work to return school funding to pre-recession levels, others have further cut education funding, with some even cutting income tax rates used to support schools, according to a new report.

  • School evaluation gets serious after long hiatus

    (Calif.) For the first time in nearly five years, the state begins early next month identifying school districts in need of intervention as a result of failing to meet performance standards.