ESSA: WHAT’S NEXT FOR STATES: The Senate today is set to vote around noon today on whether to scrap the Obama administration’s regulations for holding schools accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Democrats, advocates and even some Republicans say the move could inject chaos and confusion into state preparations while officials are in the thick of drafting plans under the law. They’re worried about getting rid of federal “guardrails” and states backsliding when it comes to serving the neediest students. But Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, tells Morning Education that he’s confident in the quality of the plans being drafted by states. “States are moving forward,” he said.
— Some federal guidance to come: The Education Department is expected to release a new guide by Monday to help state officials draft their ESSA plans. The updated guide comes as Republican prepare to kill the Obama accountability rule. It will tell states what's "absolutely necessary" for them to consider in developing their plans, according to a letter sent by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to state officials last month. Advocates expect state officials will be able to work off this new template or the old one issued by the Obama administration.