Trump Administration enables state control of school assessments

By Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum; and Deborah Love, Executive Director, Eagle Forum of Alabama

Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance sent a letter June 1, 2017 to Acting Deputy Jason Botel of the United States Department of Education (USDE) on behalf of Alabama State Board of Education that requested to substitute other assessments for Aspire.

Superintendent Sentance also had a phone conversation with Mr. Botel and other officials from the USDE. The request was denied by USDE. Sentance then told the Alabama State Board of Education in regard to the waiver, “It was pretty clear right from the start the answer was going to be no.” The Alabama State Board of Education requested that Sentance make a more formal request from the USDE. Meanwhile, Stephanie Bell and other Board members appealed to Washington officials. Read More.