The Senate's passage of a tax overhaul bill featured some late-night, dramatic moments concerning school choice, religious instruction, and a private college linked to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The Senate's version of a tax overhaul package contains potential changes for how teachers do their taxes, for state and local education funding, and other issues related to schools.
A House bill contains significant changes to how high school students apply for federal aid for college, as well as the information about colleges provided by the federal government to prospective students and their families.
"We are being outpaced and outperformed by countries like China, Germany, Vietnam, and the U.K." DeVos said in a speech to Jeb Bush's education foundation. "We are a nation still at risk. We are a nation at greater risk."
Several amendments to expand school choice in various ways have yet to gain traction as part of the Senate's bid to overhaul the tax code.
If lawmakers don't take some kind of action by Dec. 8, major parts of the government—including the U.S. Department of Education—will grind to a halt.
From teacher tax deductions to school choice, the two bills don't treat K-12 issues exactly the same. Here are a few key differences between them.
DeVos' approval of her home state's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act was a long time coming.
If confirmed by the Senate, Schneider will serve as the director for six years, potentially beyond Trump's tenure as president.
This isn't the first time Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has taken heat from Democrats for how she's handled the Every Student Succeeds Act.