ESSA plans become political footballs in two states

(District of Columbia) While school officials in most states have been anxious about how the U.S. Department of Education will respond to their plans for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, two GOP governors last week surprised constituents by rejecting the federally-mandated document before it even got to Washington.

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Bar on surprise bills makes for a routine end of session

(Calif.) Lawmakers closed the legislative session on Friday, sending hundreds of bills to the governor including one adjusting the spending cap imposed on school districts, and another that would hike in state support for home-to-school transportation.

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