It's appropriations season on Capitol Hill, and House Democrats want to spend billions more on schools. But that doesn't mean all the golden oldies are on the way back into spending bills.
Bernie Sanders' sweeping vision would establish a $60,000 minimum salary for teachers, while clamping down on charters and boosting efforts to desegregate schools. It's hard to see a lot of it becoming a reality.
Supporters of the bill say it would extend critical civil rights protections to more students. But opponents say it ignores parents' rights in schools and could lead to confusing situations for some children.
"We need meaningful solutions to dismantle racial and socioeconomic segregation in America's schools," said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the author of one of the two bills addressing integration and diversity. Do advocates think her ideas go far enough?
The New York City mayor has pushed universal pre-K, championed a controversial school turnaound program, and picked a schools chief backing a divisive effort to diversify selective high schools.
The evaluation of the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program revealed several mixed outcomes from the only federally funded private school voucher program in the nation.
Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat who's served as the Big Sky Country's governor since 2013, has also supported the teaching of Native American languages and better internet for his state's schools.
"Let's get a person with real teaching experience," said Warren, who also used the Monday announcement to continue her attacks on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Julián Castro is making a big bet that a bold vision for education can lift his numbers in the 2020 presidential polls.
ESSA doesn't really have the teeth to force a state to follow through on its federal accountability plan, if the state doesn't care about losing key federal funding.