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May 22, 2018

DeVos Defends Civil Rights Record, Backs Better Pay for 'Great Teachers' at House Hearing

House Democrats and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights and ESSA, but largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of the Texas high school shooting last week.

May 17, 2018

On 'Brown v. Board of Education' Anniversary, Dems Blast Trump's Civil Rights Record

Congressional Democrats held a forum on various civil rights issues in education on the 64th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case that prohibited laws establishing segregated schools.

December 15, 2017

Ex-Staffer for Rep. Bobby Scott Accuses Lawmaker of Sexual Harassment

A former staffer for Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott, the top Democrat on the House education committee, alleged in news conference that he made inappropriate sexual advances to her several years ago.

July 28, 2017

Top Democrats to Betsy DeVos: Your New Plan for ESSA Review Violates the Law

Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott told Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that her department's plan for phone calls prior to written feedback is problematic.

May 17, 2017

School Infrastructure Spending Plan Introduced by House Democrats

The Rebuild America's Schools Act of 2017 would be tailored for schools in high-poverty areas and direct money to high-speed broadband internet and school construction.

March 30, 2017

Top Democrat Introduces Bill to Direct Over $5 Billion to 'Disconnected' Youth

Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the top Democrat on the House education committee, wants the money to be used by local community partnerships for dropout prevention, workforce training, and more.

February 28, 2017

Democrats Press Betsy DeVos for Details on Possible Education Department Cuts

The top two Democrats on education in Congress want the education secretary to flesh out her announced plan to audit programs at the department and cut unnecessary ones.

October 25, 2016

What Could Be in Store for Education if Democrats Get More Power in Congress?

If Democrats gain control in one or both chambers, who's likely to head the key K-12 committees in Congress? And what does that mean for education policy?

September 23, 2016

House of Representatives Approves Bill to Overhaul Juvenile-Justice Programs

On Thursday, the House passed the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016 by a vote of 382-29. It's a proposed retooling of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which was first passed in 1974.

August 02, 2016

Key Democrats Want Revisions to Draft ESSA Rules on Student Growth, Subgroups

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott say the Education Department should rethink its requirements for how schools are held accountable for struggling groups of students.

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