March 2018 Archives

Tangible school safety upgrades have gotten a lot of attention. But estimates show physical security improvements may not be cheap, or within the reach of cash-strapped districts.

On Tuesday morning, DeVos will pitch the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget plan for the Department of Education to the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees federal money for K-12.

Indianapolis, Puerto Rico, and three other school districts have applied to join the Every Student Succeeds Act's weighted student-funding pilot during the 2018-19 school year.

Maryland private school leaders at Barron Trump's school and others want President Donald Trump and Congress to bolster mental health and background checks, not arm teachers.

The bill passed the House exactly one month after 17 students and staff were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Republicans tended to focus on what law enforcement and schools could have done to prevent the shooting in Florida last month, while Democrats pushed for more-restrictive gun laws.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., slams the education secretary's approach as head of the commission, while DeVos' spokewoman says Murray gives an "inaccurate account" of a meeting between the two.

President Donald Trump has tapped Mark Schultz, a deputy commissioner of education in Nebraska, to serve as commissioner of the rehabilitation services administration at the Education Department.

The U.S. secretary of education told the National Parent Teachers Association conference she welcomed the chance to speak "unedited" about school safety and the benefits of school choice.

Congress should give more money to an Every Student Succeeds Act program that would help pay for more counselors, trauma-informed classroom management, and mental-health services for schools, Democratic senators said

The U.S. Secretary of Education seemed to stumble in her highest-profile interview yet, leading to hours of bad headlines and harsh responses on social media.

Carissa Moffat Miller currently serves as the interim executive director of CCSSO. Previously, she served as the group's deputy executive director for membership and outreach for five years.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said on NBC's Today Show that there should not necessarily be an armed teacher in every classroom, or at every grade level. When asked about raising the legal age for the purchase of certain guns, DeVos said: "everything is on the table."

In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last month, it's clear the GOP majorities in Congress want to focus on school-safety initiatives, not gun control.

The White House plans to unveil a school safety proposal Monday including a push to pass of a bipartisan school safety bill, the creation of a task force chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and support for states that arm some school staff.

The past week highlighted how Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has attempted to use the bully pulpit and public appearances in a variety of contexts, with some blowback.

Democrats in Congress heard from students, parents and others who have been impacted by gun violence and who are urging Congress to pass gun-control measures.

A Republican lawmaker wants to create Education Savings Accounts for military families, using money now given to school districts that receive federal Impact Aid.

Members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus say U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is approving plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act that don't comply with the law's protections for vulnerable groups of students

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos traveled to Parkland, Fla., Wednesday to meet with students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a mass shooting last month that left 17 dead.

The chairman of the Senate education committee said he would introduce legislation to allow schools to hire more counselors, improve infrastructure, and fund violence-prevention programs.

In a speech to the Council of Chief State School Officers, the education secretary said that just because many ESSA plans comply with federal mandates doesn't mean they would truly help students.

The 2018 elections could lead to at least one chamber of Congress changing hands, but that doesn't mean many lawmakers with oversight of education policy are in danger of losing their jobs.

Broward County Public Schools will receive a $1 million federal grant to help cope with the aftermath of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Senators and AFT President Randi Weingarten shared their views on the best ways to help Puerto Rico's public schools after Hurricane Maria hit the island last September.

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