A spending provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act called "supplement-not-supplant" was again under the spotlight during a Senate education committee hearing on Wednesday.
Meeting with reporters, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said his department will look to ensure that federal Title I aid to students from low-income backgrounds is truly supplemental.
The percentage of schools serving students who mostly are black and Hispanic and also from low-income backgrounds has ticked up in recent years, the Government Accountability Office finds.
The U.S. Department of Education will reserve $19 million of Pell grant money to help pay for low-income high school students to participate in dual-enrollment programs.
Requests for applications for the two larger grant tiers for Investing in Innovation, validation and scale-up, don't include diversifying schools as a priority.
Last December, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Strengthening Education Through Research Act. It's designed to reauthorize the structure of education research at the Institute for Education Sciences.
Democrats and some education advocates said the guidance provides important protection for transgender students, while Republicans and others call it an inappropriate federal intrusion into education.
Duncan and Chan talked about what they have learned from their past endeavors and where they see K-12 education going from here at the NewSchools Venture Fund conference.
The committee, presided over by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., heard testimony about the condition, misperceptions attached to it, and how mandatory screening for children at a young age could dramatically improve their experiences in schools and educational outcomes.
The Congressional Research Service says the U.S. Department of Education's proposed regulations for "supplement-not-supplant" don't have a direct basis in the Every Student Succeeds Act.