What Happens on K-12 Policy if Republicans Take Over the U.S. Senate?

The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.


Bipartisan Senate Duo Introduces Student Data Privacy Bill

U.S. Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday that would tighten restrictions on the use of student data.


House, Senate Split On Emergency Aid to Address Child Immigrants

House Republicans include far less funding in their aid package to address the surge of child immigrants at the border than Senate Democrats.


Race to the Top Is Five Years Old, But Did It Actually Improve Student Achievement?

At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.


Some States Without NCLB Waivers Say They Dodged a Bullet

Not having to negotiate with federal officials on the finer points of teacher evaluation, rigorous standards, or school turnarounds has made it easier to chart their own paths, some education leaders say.


House Clears Three Bipartisan Higher Education Bills

The House passed three higher education bills this week as part of its piecemeal efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which the Senate is also trying to tackle.


Sen. Rand Paul, Potential Presidential Candidate, Talks Education—Sort Of

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to the National Urban League, where he touched briefly on school choice topics, including charter schools and vouchers.


Senate Education Aid Bill Inches Forward; House Budget Panel Issues Ed. Report

The Senate Appropriations Committee officially released its education spending proposal for fiscal year 2015, and the House Budget Committee unveiled a series of education policy proposals.


House, Senate Float Dueling Emergency-Funding Bills to Address Child Immigrants

Congress is set to take up vastly different aid proposals aimed at stemming the tide of unaccompanied minors streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border.


Bipartisan House Bill Would Boost Community Schools

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, and Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., introduced a bill Wednesday that would boost community schools that provide important wraparound services.


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