President Donald Trump in his inaugural address painted a picture of an American public school system that spends big, while getting poor results for its students.
For a variety of reasons, some political science experts don't expect to hear much about education in Friday's inaugural address, though Trump remains a wild card.
During her Senate confirmation hearing, the nominee for education secretary denied association with the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, which has donated to groups critical of the LGBTQ rights movement.
The draft rule on state and district spending of Title I funds was all but certain to be tossed by a Republican-backed Congress and the Trump administration.
The education secretary-designee drew sharply positive and negative reactions to her answers to questions involving special education, guns in schools, and school choice
At her confirmation hearing for education secretary, DeVos gave general or somewhat limited answers to senators' questions on issues including ESSA accountability and early-childhood education.
The nominee for education secretary sought to use her confirmation hearing to beat back the notion that she would undermine public education in that position.
Keep an eye on moderate Republicans, and possible Democratic presidential contenders, as the Senate education committee grills the nominee for education secretary on school choice, college access, and more.
Among the top education issues the committee could face are how to deal with regulations from the outgoing Obama administration and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
States have spent the past year reaching out to educators and advocates to decide how to handle everything from teacher effectiveness to that brand new indicator of student success and school quality.