Senate panel's amendment includes a plan to provide training for schools to comply with student nutrition standards.
States and school districts would be charged with thinking much more critically about how to help students who have been in special education make the transition into the workforce.
"We can't continue to relegate talent and potential to the sidelines," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in discussing minority participation in certain classes.
Socioeconomic and racial segregation continues to be a problem 60 years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision abolishing "separate but equal schools," three federal lawmakers say.
The proposal would require the waivers for districts that can demonstrate at least six months of net revenue loss from compliance.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been reportedly tapped by President Barack Obama to be the new U.S. secretary of housing and urban development.
A new $75 million grant program announced by the U.S. Department of Education is designed to help improve college attainment, affordability, and success.
The "Dear Colleague" letter included specific guidance related to admissions, students with disabilities, English-language learners, and discipline.
U.S. Senators Edward Markey and Orrin Hatch released a "discussion draft" of a bill that would overhaul the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.
The measure has strong backing from the administration, but its political prospects are iffy at best.