Feds seek more details before approving state education plan

The U.S. Department of Education has told Mississippi public education officials that they must provide more details about how they are meeting the challenges faced by underperforming students.

The request came in a Dec. 19 letter from the U. S. Department of Education in response to a new state plan that was filed Sept. 18 to meet the demands of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal law that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act passed by Congress in 2001.

Mississippi is one of several states which received letters from the U.S. Department of Education this month seeking additional feedback on their plans to overhaul the state’s education system. The Mississippi Department of Education must resubmit the plan by Jan. 4, according to the letter, although it is allowed to seek an extension of that deadline, which state officials say they intend to do.

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