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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.

June 13, 2016

Top K-12 Congressional Democrats Tell Obama Admin. Not to Forget About Pre-K

The Every Student Succeed Act's Preschool Development Grants, which provided dedicated federal funding to early learning, are authorized for $250 million under the law,

May 25, 2016

Make ESSA Accountability Rules Clear and Strong, Democrats Tell the Ed. Dept.

In a May 24 letter, the top two Democrats on K-12 issues in Congress told the federal department to make sure that ESSA has robust accountability language on a number of fronts.

May 17, 2016

Share of High-Poverty, Racially Isolated Schools Rising, GAO Report Says

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.

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