Mimi Woldeyohannes is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at 50CAN. She lives in Maryland.

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Senate schedules confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary
The Senate education committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to helm the education department, for Jan. 11. (Washington Post)

Nation’s Schools Get Middling Grade on Quality Counts Report Card 
As a new political and policy era dawns in Washington, the status of the nation’s schools remains stable, though still earning a grade of C from Quality Counts 2017, the 21st annual report card issued by the Education Week Research Center. (Education Week)

Taking Stock of Educational Progress Under Obama 
As they prepare to leave office, members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet are beginning to file their exit memos. Partially a chance to take credit for progress made and partially a final opportunity to call for changes in policy they’ve yet to push through, the memos offer insight into what the administration’s top officials think they have—and haven’t—accomplished over the last eight years. (The Atlantic) 

Video: 5 Things to Know About America’s New Education Law, the Every Student Succeeds Act 
ESSA, Explained: The Every Student Succeeds Act is the new, bipartisan K-12 federal education law that was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015. It replaces No Child Left Behind, beginning with the 2017–18 school year, and states are currently rushing to revise their education policies to align with the new law. (The 74)










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