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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators

On Monday the U.S. Department of Education released guidance to states around teacher equity plans. States previously developed plans under the law, but this guidance calls for a renewed look at these plans with new data included. They are due to the Department by June 1, 2015. Before that time, states are required to meet with various stakeholder groups and conduct a root cause analysis of any current teacher distribution inequities that might exist in the state. The Department is providing each state with state-specific equity profiles to assist with this analysis, but states are welcome to use additional or more current data as well. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, Deborah S. Delisle sent state Chiefs this letter outlining the plans. 

Chris Minnich, the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, told Education Week:  "States, like the U.S. Department of Education, care deeply about ensuring that every child has access to great instruction. These solutions don't come from Washington, D.C., but from local communities and states working diligently to improve instruction for every child. We look forward to working with states and districts to address inequities in the system, and these plans are a good place to start."