[NHDOE-ETNews] Education Policy Updates: February 5 - 9, 2018

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Tue Feb 6 09:47:24 EST 2018

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ITEM:  Education Policy Updates:  February 5 - 9, 2018

Two important Meetings coming up in March:

  *   Invitational National Strategic Planning Summit on Digital Equity<http://www.digitalequity.us/national-summit.html>, March 5 - 6, 2018
  *   SETDA members, along with CoSN and ISTE members and leaders, will join together in Washington, D.C.,  March 14 and 15, 2018 to educate policymakers about the critical role of technology in transforming education at the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018. Information about the event and how to register can be found here.<https://cosnconference.org/edtechadvocacyandpolicysummit2018/>


  *   Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander released an updated white paper titled "Higher Education Accountability<https://www.help.senate.gov/chair/newsroom/press/alexander-seeks-input-on-higher-education-accountability-measures-to-ensure-students-receive-degrees-worth-their-time-and-moneya>".  The paper outlines principles to inform the HEA reauthorization process. The Chairman also invited public feedback about the committee's work. Interested parties may submit electronic comments until February 15 to:accountability at help.senate.gov<mailto:accountability at help.senate.gov>
  *   The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted (8-3) to recommend Jeffrey Riley to serve as Education Commissioner. Riley is currently the Superintendent at Lawrence Public Schools.
  *   The Continuing Resolution funding federal government operations will expire on February 8. The House may vote, as early as next Tuesday, on a new stop gap spending bill that will extend federal funding through March 22.

Department of Education News:

  *   The Department of Education launched a new website<https://www2.ed.gov/datastory/el-characteristics/index.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=> with interactive data about the nation's English language learners.
  *   The Department of Education's gainful employment rulemaking panel<https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2017/gainfulemployment.html> gathers for negotiations next week.
  *   The Department of Education announced a number of shifts and additions in staffing including:
     *   Frank Brogan will serve as the Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education, while he awaits confirmation to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
     *   Kathleen Smith will serve as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid. She previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education.
     *   Andrea Ramirez will serve as Acting Director of the Center for Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
     *   Holly Ham will serve as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She was previously the Assistant Secretary for Management.
     *   McKenzie Snow will serve as a Special Assistant and Policy Adviser in the Office of the Secretary.
     *   Williams Trachman will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Development in the Office of Civil Rights.

ESSA Updates:

  *   The following states requested additional time to finalize their State Plans, after receiving USED feedback: Alabama<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/al.html>, Alaska<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ak.html>, California<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ca.html>, Florida<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/fl.html>, Idaho<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/id.html>, Iowa<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ia.html>, Kentucky<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ky.html>, Mississippi<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ms.html>, Nebraska<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ne.html>, North Carolina<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/nc.html>,Oklahoma<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ok.html>, Rhode Island<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ri.html>, Texas<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/tx.html>, Utah<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/ut.html>, and Virginia<https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/va.html>.

Discretionary Grants Updates:

The Department of Education published notices about three discretionary grant programs for the Institute of Education Sciences:

  *   "Low-Cost, Short Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions." Award $50,000 to $125,000 per year for up to two years. The deadline for application is March 1, 2018 and further information can be found here<https://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2018_84305L.pdf>.
  *   "Low-Cost, Short Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions." Award $50,000 to $125,000 per year for up to two years. The deadline for application is March 1, 2018 and further information can be found here<https://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2018_84324L.pdf>.
  *   "Research Networks Focused on Critical Programs of Education Policy and Practice: Lead of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Network." Award $5 million maximum for the entire project period of 60 months. The deadline for application is April 5, 2018 and further information can be found here<https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00998.pdf>.


  *   Tuesday, February 6 (10am ET) - The Senate HELP Committee is holding a hearing titled "Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Improving College Affordability".  Witnesses have not yet been announced.  The hearing will be webcast here<https://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/reauthorizing-the-higher-education-act-improving-college-affordability>.


  *   Chiefs for Change released a report titled "The Hidden Equation in School Improvement: Lessons Learned About Governance-Based Strategies<http://chiefsforchange.org/policy-paper/5543/>".
  *   Achieve released two new briefs titled "Thinking Long Term: State Graduation Rate Goals Under ESSA<https://www.achieve.org/files/sites/default/files/ThinkingLongTermGraduationRateGoalsUnderESSA.pdf>" and "Thinking Long Term: State Academic Achievement Goals Under ESSA<https://www.achieve.org/files/sites/default/files/ThinkingLongTerm-StateAcademicAchievementGoalsUnderESSA.pdf>".
  *   EdTech Strategies released an analysis titled "Tracking: EDU -Education Agency Website Security and Privacy Practices<https://www.edtechstrategies.com/tracking-edu/>".
  *   The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual ranking of state charter school laws titled "Measuring up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws<https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2018-01/2018%20MEASURING%20UP%20TO%20THE%20MODEL%20Final_0.pdf>".
  *   The National Education Policy Center released a publication titled "Don't Expect Too Much: The Limited Usefulness of Common SES Measures and a Prescription for Change<http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/SES>".
  *   The Education Commission of the States released three new policy snapshots titled "Suspension and Expulsion<https://www.ecs.org/suspension-and-expulsion/>", "Restraint and Seclusion<https://www.ecs.org/restraint-and-seclusion/>" and "Alternative School Discipline Strategies<https://www.ecs.org/alternative-school-discipline-strategies/>".
  *   Council of Graduate Schools released their annual report titled "International Graduate Applications and Enrollment<http://cgsnet.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Intl_Survey_Report_Fall2017.pdf>".
  *   The Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a report titled "Is There a Gifted Gap? Gifted Education in High-Poverty Schools<https://edexcellence.net/publications/is-there-a-gifted-gap>".
  *   Bellwether Education Partners released research titled "Teacher Supply and Demand: How States Track Shortage Areas<https://bellwethereducation.org/publication/teacher-supply-and-demand-how-states-track-shortage-areas>".
  *   Third Way released a publication titled "New Data Further Cements Completion Crisis in Higher Education<http://www.thirdway.org/memo/new-data-further-cements-completion-crisis-in-higher-education>".
  *   The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released a publication titled "Academic Resilience: What schools and countries do to help disadvantaged students succeed in PISA<http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/academic-resilience_e22490ac-en;jsessionid=5k5oacmhskcju.x-oecd-live-02>".
Education Policy Updates are courtesy of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, www.SETDA.org<http://www.SETDA.org>.

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