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Less jargon and more plain English, Mr. Secretary

Michele McNeil published an interesting blog post today on EdWeek’s Politics K-12 blog about the U.S. Department of Education’s new “plain writing” effort.

Michele suggests the first place Arne Duncan and Co. start is with the less-than-clear explanations to date of the NCLB waivers the EdSec has proposed, and just what “basket of reforms” the states must agree to in order to get the relief school districts are screaming for.

I’d love to see a similar treatment given to the Administration’s blueprint for ESEA reauthorization released last year. In conversations I hear everywhere, people are still trying to figure out what much of its proposal to change accountability really means.

What other education policies/proposals would you like to see translated into “plain writing” by the Education Department?


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