The island and its school system were already struggling with dire financial problems before Hurricane Maria struck. Last summer, Puerto Rico's education department closed 179 schools

The deal, outlined by White House officials with members of Congress, could shield from deportation those currently covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Trump administration's budget is likely to combine three significant research programs--the State Longitudinal Data System program, the Regional Educational Laboratory Program, and the Comprehensive Centers--advocates with knowledge of the proposal said.

Democrats used the hearing on Frank Brogan, nominee for assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, to lambaste Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged those at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors to help forge connections among K-12, postsecondary education, and the business community.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration's efforts to round up drug traffickers would make communities safer, but didn't outline strategies tailored for schools.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., has introduced legislation to allow money in 529 savings plans to be used for home-schooling expenses, a proposal that was stripped out of a late version of the recent tax-code overhaul.

Kent Talbert, who served in the U.S. Department of Education under President George W. Bush, has been tapped as a senior policy adviser to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The Trump administration is said to be seriously considering incorporating the Education Department's office of innovation and improvement into its broader office of elementary and secondary education.

Funding for the U.S. Department of Education could go up in a final fiscal 2018 budget deal, but education funding advocates are worried that K-12 and other domestic programs could lose out to defense spending.

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