RealClearEd Today, presented by ETS: the Battle to Expand Education Savings Accounts; UC Berkeley College Republicans Threaten to Sue the University

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Good morning, it’s April 24, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

Today’s most interesting education news comes from the states. New Hampshire is in the midst of a battle over whether to create a universal system of education savings accounts. If the legislation makes it through the state legislature, New Hampshire would become just the third state, after Nevada and Arizona, to allow public dollars to be used by parents to select the education they want for their children, including private schools and homeschooling. Kevin Mahnken at The74 has that story. Arizona recently passed a massive expansion of its education savings account program. Rod Kackley of PJ Media takes a look at the nasty fight that took place and what lies ahead. 

To date, 12 ESSA implementation plans have been submitted to the Department of Education. Education Dive takes a look at the variety of approaches used in the first 12 plans and how other states are watching and waiting to see how the department will respond. Jim Cowen argues that state ESSA plans will reveal which states are truly serious about improving education. Also at The74, Erika Sanzi explains how Rhode Island is adopting Massachusetts’s state testing in an effort to improve performance and standards. 

The free-speech showdown at UC Berkeley is still far from over. The Berkeley College Republicans now say they will sue the university if it does not find a “proper time and venue" for Ann Coulter to speak this week. The threat comes after the university canceled Coulter’s speech but then rescheduled it to May 2, a day which both the College Republicans and Coulter oppose. (She tweeted, “THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2.") 

Here are some other education stories and commentaries that caught our eye this morning: Pratik Chougule has penned an interesting piece on how American education has neglected its most gifted students. During the March for Science, Bill Nye got in a shot at Secretary DeVos. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s free college plan has come under fire in the past few weeks. Daniel Pianko has an idea for a better way to provide tuition-free college. 

Below are more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit

NEWSMAKERS: UC Berkeley College Republicans threaten to sue the university over its handling of Ann Coulter’s speech.
IN THE STATES: Is the American education system failing its most gifted students? 
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