Special education has been a big focus for Harkin, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1974, then the Senate in 1984.
Only one of the eight new GOP members of the House education panel have any real education policy experience.
King's agenda in New York has been closely aligned with the Obama administration's priorities on issues such as teacher evaluations and the common core.
Early childhood education may be a bipartisan issue across the country, but the federal government can't seem to match that momentum, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.
Overall, the U.S. Department of Education would be funded to the tune of $70.5 billion, a slight $133 million decrease from fiscal 2014.
If you were hoping that Congress would add the Education Sciences Reform Act to the list of bills it will pass during this short lame duck session, you're going to be disappointed.
The bill would allow states and districts to funnel federal resources into rethinking the number and types of tests they require.
The House is expected to unveil a spending bill Tuesday that could include policy riders that soften the Obama administration's school lunch regulations.
The approval comes with a number of asterisks, although none of them seem to be related to the turmoil in the Pelican State over the Common Core State Standards.
The investigation appears to be the first from the civil rights office since Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued guidance on the subject in October.