[NHDOE-ETNews] Federal Education Policy Digest for May 15 - May 19, 2017

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Wed May 17 09:31:33 EDT 2017

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ITEM:  Federal Education Policy Digest for May 15 - May 19, 2017


  *   Colorado passed (46-19) legislation (H.B.1375) granting charter schools equitable access to local tax dollars. The funding gap between district public schools and charter public schools is approximately $34 million. The bill, which now heads to the governor's desk, would require school districts to develop a plan by the 2019-2020 school year to equitably share voter-approved tax increases.
  *   Bellwether Education Partners and Collaborative for Student Success plan to lead an independent review of state ESSA plans.  The rubric, current list of experts, and other information about the independent review is available here<https://bellwethereducation.org/independent-review-essa-state-plans>.

Department of Education News:

  *   Education Secretary DeVos announced that all state ESSA plans submitted by the spring deadline were complete and are now ready for the peer review process. The 16 states (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont) and the District of Columbia will now enter the staff and peer review process to ensure their plans comply with ESSA's requirements.
  *   The Department of Education announced<https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/department-education-announces-five-finalists-edsim-challenge> the five finalists of its EdSim Challenge. Finalists include Smart Sparrow, Case Western Reserve University, Embodied Labs, Octothorpe, and Osso VR Inc.  Finalists have each been awarded $50,000 to refine their product before a demo day later this year.

Every Student Succeeds Act News:
The recent Appropriations Act made some changes to ESSA Title IV, Part A.  Staff of the Department's Office of Safe and Healthy Students will host a webinar on May 24th, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Details and a link to register are provided in the announcement below.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-31)<https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/244> became law on May 5, 2017.  Provisions in the law made important changes in FY 2017 to the Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant program, including, but not limited to, providing State educational agencies with the option of making competitive subgrants to eligible local educational agencies (rather than by formula).

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), in collaboration with the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar about these changes.  At the conclusion of the webinar, the speakers will respond to participant questions.

Date: May 24, 2017

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Time


To register for this Webinar, click here<https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/node/9226/0/register>.  After registering you will receive an email, confirming your registration. Information on how to log in will be sent by noon EST the day of the event.

More Information

For more information, including background on the SSAE grant program, and access to previous Webinars in the SSAE Webinar Series, go to https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/resources/essa-title-iv-part-student-support-and-academic-enrichment-non-regulatory-guidance-webinar.  This Webpage links to each Webinar event in the series.  Each Webinar event webpage will include a link to register until the day of the event and then links to archived materials within a week after the event.

ESSA Draft Plans Released for Public Comment:

  *   Arkansas<http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/ESEA/March_13_ESSA_Template_first_draft_April_24.pdf> released the first draft of the state's ESSA Plan - a second draft is expected next week.
  *   New York<http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/draft-ny-essa-plan-may-2017.pdf> released the first draft of the state's ESSA Plan - the public comment period will be open through June 16, 2017.
  *   Ohio<http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA> began releasing second draft sections of the state's ESSA Plan.

Committee Mark up:
Wednesday, May 17 (10am ET) - The House Education and the Workforce Committee will mark up HR 2353 "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act."  A live stream can be viewed here<http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401646>.

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