It’s a busy–and tumultuous–time in Washington.

With daily developments in the U.S. Education Department, it’s often difficult to keep pace with new education policy recommendations, staff updates, and news.

We’re here to help. Here are 7 developments, discussions, and education policy issues you might have missed:

During an AEI panel discussion on the Every Student Succeeds Act and the federal role in U.S. Education, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) shared lessons and insights learned from his 40 years in education policy:

1. The national school board is inappropriate. A small federal department of education, filled with well meaning people, simply doesn’t have the capacity to evaluate teachers, rate schools, set standards and approve tests in 100,000 schools in 50 states.

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Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura