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Congress Prepares to Launch a New Era in Education Policy

The Atlantic – Russell Berman

“In the next few weeks, a bipartisan majority in Congress is likely to pass a law that, in various ways, repudiates the education legacies of both the Bush and Obama presidencies…The overhaul is years in the making—Congress has been due to reauthorize the underlying Elementary and Secondary Education Act since 2007. And in the absence of action on Capitol Hill, the Department of Education has amassed even greater power by negotiating waivers with 42 of the 50 states to exempt them from the law’s sanctions, which included the potential closure of schools…While some federal benchmarks for accountability will remain in place, the new bill gives much more latitude to the states and restricts the ability of the secretary of education to punish or reward them based on their progress.”(more)

Republicans Push for Waivers from Healthy School Lunch Regs

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“House Republicans are hard at work this month in their efforts to give schools a break from the healthy school meal standards currently in place – at least for a little while. The rules, which were implemented in 2012 through the efforts of first lady Michelle Obama, require schools to offer more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains at lunchtime…School nutrition directors across the country are asking for a break from the rules, which they say are costly and restrictive. House Republicans, who believe the rules to be an overreach, are responding by pushing a one-year waiver that would allow schools the option of not participating in the program if they have lost money due to the program over a six-month period. However, the waiver was stalled over the summer by the first lady, who continued to lobby against it, in addition to the White House, which issued a veto threat.”(more)

Education Department to Scale Back Key Waiver-Renewal Mandates

Education Week – Michele McNeil

“Two and a half months after announcing that states would have to jump through more hoops to continue their No Child Left Behind Act flexibility, the U.S. Department of Education is planning to back away from the waiver requirement that states do a better job making sure poor and minority students have equal access to effective teachers…”(more)