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Education Department Begins to Assess ESSA-Era Role

The lights are still on at the U.S. Department of Education—but they may start flickering in a few corridors.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act does more than just give states and districts a big say over accountability—it contains a laundry list of prohibitions aimed at preventing the U.S. secretary of education from issuing marching orders on standards, teacher evaluation, school turnarounds, and more