House Democrats and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights and ESSA, but largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of the Texas high school shooting last week.
Democrats want to invest at least $100 billion over the next 10 years in K-12 schools, including to help bolster teachers' salaries and repair school infrastructure, Democratic congressional leaders said Tuesday.
Now that there has been another deadly school shooting, at Santa Fe High School in Texas, educators, parents, and others are wondering just what the commission, led by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, has been up to since its inception.
Duncan's comments came in the wake of a school shooting Friday in Sante Fe, Texas, which left 10 dead, mostly students.
The U.S. secretary of education will speak to lawmakers on the House education committee on Tuesday about the department's "policies and priorities."
Eight organizations—representing state chiefs, parents, local superintendents, and principals as well as school social workers, counselors, and psychologists—want U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to give their members a voice when it comes to the work of the president's school safety commission.
Congressional Democrats held a forum on various civil rights issues in education on the 64th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case that prohibited laws establishing segregated schools.
The briefing, which was not open to the public, was intended to help lay the groundwork for work of the administration's school safety commission. The panel is charged with finding solutions for mass shootings in schools.
The Trump administration wants to push school choice for military families. But it doesn't support a proposal to use some Impact Aid funding to help expand school choice to military-connected children, an administration official told Education Week.
School officials urged federal lawmakers to update the law governing the handling and disclosure of student data in a House hearing, saying that it must provide more clarity to education leaders.