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OPINION: Yes, Betsy DeVos, Our Schools Are Innovating

Earlier this week, I commented on Twitter about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ remarks at the Council of Chief State School Officers legislative conference. During her address, she said that states need to do more to innovate in education.

She further emphasized the need to give local schools and communities the kind of flexibility and authority they need to transform classrooms. She stated that she didn’t see this written into states’ plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

What I fear the secretary may have overlooked in her comments is the transformative initiatives states like North Dakota already have in place—ones that cannot be communicated effectively in a regulatory document such as a templated ESSA application.