January 3 | San Francisco Chronicle

By Dan Walters

One of the many fronts in the school war has been the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which requires states, as a condition of receiving federal school aid, to provide some of the direct oversight and accountability that the Equity Coalition seeks, especially in identifying failing schools.

Torlakson and the state school board have chosen to comply with the law minimally, but just before Christmas the U.S. Department of Education told them, via a 12-page letter, that the plan they submitted was falling short of the law’s requirements.

It was the gift that the Equity Coalition had been hoping to receive.

“California leaders have made programming of these extra resources a mockery to disadvantaged students,” Bill Lucia, executive director of EdVoice, said in a statement.

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