Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) were joined by U.S. Secretary of Education John King for a roundtable discussion in Hartford, CT, on the importance of diversity and equity in education. The discussion focused on strategies and best practices to ensure an excellent education for all students.

Why should principals care?

NASSP recently signed on to the Stronger Together Diversity Act of 2016 (S. 3168), which would provide $120 million in competitive grants that promote racial and socioeconomic diversity in our schools. The plans would be locally developed and would require strong family and community engagement.

In the Press

Parents Sue When Third-Grade Honors Students Are Not Promoted to Fourth Grade, The Washington Post

Parents in at least six Florida districts are suing local school board and officials after several third graders were not allowed to move on to the fourth grade because their parents had chosen to pull them out of Florida Standards Assessments (FA) reading tests.

What We Need to Know From Candidates on Education Policy, Brookings

As the presidential election approaches, here are some of the key issues that still need to be discussed by both candidates.

Think Teachers Aren’t Paid Enough? It’s Worse Than You Think, The Washington Post

The difference between teachers and comparable public workers is bigger than ever.

Education Savings Accounts: Key Provisions and State Variations, Education Commission of the States

States are increasingly looking to adopt education savings accounts, and the trend “shows no sign of slowing,” according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.

High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The Real Challenges to Building a Diverse Workforce, Brookings

This report examines some alarming trends related to the diversity of the educator workforce.


About the Author

David Chodak is the Associate Director of Advocacy at NASSP. Follow him on Twitter @dnchodak.

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