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DeVos signs off on Maryland education plan opposed by Hogan

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told graduates at the University of Baltimore's winter commencement Monday that she is championing the type of education that allows a student to pursue non-traditional options. DeVos' speech drew some protests, both before and during her remarks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told graduates at the University of Baltimore’s winter commencement Monday that she is championing the type of education that allows a student to pursue non-traditional options. DeVos’ speech drew some protests, both before and during her remarks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has approved Maryland’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan, which Gov. Larry Hogan had refused to endorse.

DeVos said in a release Tuesday that Maryland’s consolidated plan had met the requirements of the law that replaced No Child Left Behind. The release says the act is designed to offer states more flexibility and highlighted unique elements from Maryland’s plan, including emphasis on well-rounded elementary school curricula.

Hogan had refused to support the plan, criticizing its accountability measures. Last April, the state legislature overrode the Republican governor’s veto of its response to the federal act.

DeVos’ department directed the state in December to revise its plan submitted in September.

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon says the plan was “built on strong stakeholder input.”