The authors of the Every Student Succeeds Act tried to pare down the number of Education Department staff, but President Barack Obama apparently has other ideas.
The pediatric neurosurgeon and GOP presidential candidate has a plan touching on school choice and local control, but has also made waves his comments on school funding and other matters.
Clinton wants to encourage schools to create "School Climate Support Teams" in districts where a lot of kids are suspended or arrested in school.
Less than half of the officials who have led the department since its inception in 1980 were full-time K-12 classroom teachers at one point in their careers.
Previous iterations of the $1 billion grant program haven't been well received by Congress, though.
Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. may not be "acting" in his role much longer. President Barack Obama officially nominated King for the post.
In general, the leading candidates attended public school themselves, with a couple of notable exceptions. And in general, the candidates tended to send their own children to private or religious schools.
House education committee members make clear they'll be keeping a close eye on states and the Education Department as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The budget puts a premium on integration but provides essentially level funding for Title I grants for disadvantaged kids and special education state grants.
The Obama administration is expected to seek $120 million in new money to help schools become more integrated, among other proposals in the fiscal 2017 budget.