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Sen. Alexander to John King: Rethink Your Draft ESSA Spending Rules, Or Else

The federal requirement that federal dollars supplement state and local spending on education is proving to be one of the thorniest issues under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

In a testy Senate education committee hearing Tuesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. that he believed the U.S. Department of Education’s proposal for regulating that spending requirement violates the language and spirit of ESSA.