Tag Archives: federal policy

Welcome Back Student Loan Servicers!

Welcome Back Student Loan Servicers!

By Dirk Zuschlag Over forty million Americans owe over $1.3 trillion in federal student loans. According to one study, student loan defaults average about 3,000 per day. And each year the federal government spends about $800 million to collect on that debt, principally by contracting with a “patchwork” of private student loan servicers. This is… Read More »

Ratings Revelations from the First Batch of State ESSA Plans

Ratings Revelations from the First Batch of State ESSA Plans

By Dirk Zuschlag          Although the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) rolls back federal education mandates to allow states more authority over their accountability systems, it nonetheless requires that the Secretary of Education approve each state’s accountability plan to be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. Under an Obama Administration policy, states (and Washington, DC) could… Read More »

What’s in a Name: A “Skinny Budget” Indeed

What’s in a Name: A “Skinny Budget” Indeed

By Dirk Zuschlag    Every year the president’s proposed budget is pronounced D.O.A. in Congress even before it leaves the White House. It still garners attention for what it may say about the administration’s policy priorities. About two weeks ago, the Trump Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its first “skinny budget,” a sort of… Read More »

After-School Programs and the Efficacy of School-Related Nutrition Programs

After-School Programs and the Efficacy of School-Related Nutrition Programs

By Nancy Duchesneau   President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, has faced criticism in the media for ostensibly claiming there is no evidence to suggest school-related nutrition programs benefit students’ academic achievement (see here and here). The specific statement that has come under fire is:   So, let’s talk about after-school programs generally. They’re supposed… Read More »

Transgender Rights vs “Restroom Safety” in Education

Transgender Rights vs “Restroom Safety” in Education

By Nancy Duchesneau   The Trump administration has reversed transgender protections that allowed individuals in public schools to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity rather than their biological sex. It seems there are several misunderstandings surrounding the issue of transgender experiences. This post will attempt to mediate the disagreement with available evidence.  … Read More »

Empty Seats

Empty Seats

By Jessica Landgraf The last several weeks have been very busy in the world of immigration policy. The anxiety on campus, especially for graduate students making summer research plans, is palpable. The new travel ban, although suspended at the moment, could mean that international graduate students from the seven listed countries may not be allowed… Read More »

Are Critics Overreacting About Betsy DeVos?

By Nancy Duchesneau   Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing last week has received an abnormal amount of attention when compared to previous confirmation hearings for Education Secretaries. A number of articles have criticized her for being out of touch with the reality of public schools and for lacking a firm grasp of the nuances of education… Read More »

New Year’s Updates to Several Governance and Finance Posts

New Year’s Updates to Several Governance and Finance Posts

By Dirk Zuschlag The New Year has already seen developments relevant to several posts from the last quarter of 2016. Here’s a brief update.    While the Connecticut School Finance Case Pends Last September, a Connecticut trial court issued its decision in CCJEF v. Rell, a long-running case where the issue was whether the state education… Read More »

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

By Dirk Zuschlag New Education Secretary: What Policy?                                                                                                In all likelihood, Betsy DeVos will soon become Secretary of Education. As an earlier Green & Write post has pointed out, DeVos is best known as a very rich, very well-connected champion of school choice and publically-funded vouchers. Remarkably influential in Michigan politics, she has provoked criticism, and… Read More »

MIA: The ESSA’s “Supplement Not Supplant” Regulation

MIA: The ESSA’s “Supplement Not Supplant” Regulation

By Dirk Zuschlag The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), became law in December 2015 with broad bipartisan and interest group support.  Since the law’s passage, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has been occupied with the formal administrative rulemaking process necessary to the law’s… Read More »