Congressional Review Act

Earlier this month, Congress used its authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo two executive branch regulations concerning K-12 education:


The Senate is expected to take action on both matters when they reconvene next week.

There was some expectation that the CRA might be used to undo "Supplement Not Supplant"; that HJRes.57 targets Accountability Regs in ESSA could be problematic for those State Boards in the midst of State plans being tied to them. 

Massachusetts isn't among those States using "Accountability" as one of the indicators in its draft consolidated state plan, so the HJRes won't have an impact here.

As for teacher preparation issues, the action under HJRes.58 nullifies the rule finalized by US/ED last October: Title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement) of the Higher Education Act of 1965. That rule would've implemented the requirements related to assessment of quality teacher preparation programs. 

Not sure what impact is likely to be felt here in the Bay State, could be the Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 28 will shed light on the topic (Agenda Item #5: 603 CMR 7.00?).