Two big topics in education politics this season, union power and gun control, were at the center of a clash between the American Federation of Teachers and the National Rifle Association.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ensured passage of ESSA in 2015 and gave a boost to parents seeking resources for school choice through a tax-reform bill approved in 2017.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is approving plans that fly in the face of the Every Student Succeeds Act's protections for vulnerable children, more than a dozen civil rights groups, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights say.
The consortium representing various veterans' groups and uniformed associations is pushing back on the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, which was introduced last month by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.
The education secretary praises the Sunshine State while lamenting a national report that showed little progress in reading and math, and persistent achievement gaps between low-income and minority students and their peers.
The department is mulling scrapping the guidance, or making major tweaks to it, as part of an administration-wide effort to slim down regulations.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that striking teachers in Oklahoma shouldn't let "adult disagreements" get in the way of serving students.
In what was billed as a victory for the school choice community, the Every Student Succeeds Act allowed districts to apply for the "weighted student funding pilot." But it may not turn out that way, at least as far as a few districts are concerned.
The move would leave Puerto Rico with 828 public schools in a system that currently serves about 320,000 students. The planned closures would fuel growing debate over the direction of the island's school system after Hurricane Maria.
A new blueprint for fighting opioid addiction from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would focus on youth prevention and recovery, and create a new task force to help children cope with trauma related to opioids.