Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appears ready to sign California’s education plan

he State Board of Education will likely approve yet another set of revisions to California’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act at its meeting in Sacramento next week — and this time state officials are “very optimistic” that the plan will finally get U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s signature.

The optimism stems from a June 29 letter from Jason Botel, one of DeVos’s top lieutenants, stating that the most recent draft of the plan “appears to meet all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements,” and “I intend to recommend that Secretary DeVos approve the plan.”

If she does, it would end a nearly year-long ordeal during which California twice saw its plan rejected by the U.S. Dept. of Education. The state is currently one of only five whose plans have yet to be approved by DeVos.

In the plan, state officials describe how they will improve California’s lowest-performing low-income schools in return for about $2.4 billion in federal funding for low-income children, teacher training and services for migrant children and English learners.  Click to read more:

By David Washburn, EdSource, July 3, 2018