There was some progress on the education front this week. No, this time it wasn't about something that happened in the classroom, though that's the thing that really counts. Instead two things happened that will keep our education improvement efforts moving forward.
The first was the news that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Louisiana's new school improvement plan - something every state is required to submit to the federal government as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That wasn't a huge surprise because a number of independent groups had already undertaken their reviews of the plan and given it high marks.
What's significant about it is that the federal approval will hopefully bring an end to the ongoing calls for delay from the usual corners of the education establishment. Louisiana doesn't need more delays when it comes to our kids and our schools.