The Every Student Succeeds Act allows up to seven states to try out new kinds of tests in a handful of districts before taking them statewide.
The Federal Commission on School Safety wants to get rid of Obama-era school discipline guidance, encourage districts to arm certain school personnel, make schools "harder" targets, and more.
In addition to serving as the chairman of the Senate education committee, Alexander previously served as secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, as well as governor of Tennessee. He was a chief architect of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A federal panel led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School promised to have its report out by year's end.
The Congressional Budget Office's "Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028" looks at the savings from shrinking or eliminating a variety of programs, including many focused on children.
Democratic Senator-elect Jacky Rosen will join the committee next Congress, while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will leave it.
The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 also requires information on how many children come into contact with the juvenile-justice system through school-related incidents.
Thanks to the midterm elections, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is set to take over the House education committee, and civil rights groups have a significant list of demands.
The U.S. Department of Education ranks dead last among mid-size federal agencies when it comes to job satisfaction, according to the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" report, released by the Partnership for Public Service.
The U.S. Department of Education neither confirmed nor denied the story. "The Federal Commission on School Safety has studied this topic extensively and will make a recommendation on it in its final report," said Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for DeVos.