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December 15, 2017

Final Tax Bill Keeps Teacher Deduction at $250, Cuts State and Local Deductions

After extensive negotiations, a congressional conference committee has agreed to a final tax reform bill that could impact state and local funding and teachers' pocketbooks, as well as school choice.

December 13, 2017

House Panel Backs Higher Ed. Rewrite Ending Teacher-Focused Grants

Democrats attempted unsuccessfully to restore provisions governing teacher preparation into the GOP-backed PROSPER Act, as well as grant and loan programs that involve teachers.

December 11, 2017

The Clock Is Ticking Louder for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Lawmakers say they support the program for children who aren't covered by Medicaid, but they haven't come up with a funding plan since federal funds ran out Sept. 30.

December 07, 2017

Sen. Al Franken, LGBT Student Rights Advocate and DeVos Critic, Will Resign

The Minnesota Democrat and member of the Senate education committee announced Wednesday that he was stepping down in the face of allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women.

December 07, 2017

Teachers Would Lose Loan Forgiveness Programs in Higher Education Bill

The Republican bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would end two types of loan forgiveness that teachers can currently use, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

December 06, 2017

Several of Sen. Al Franken's Ed. Committee Colleagues Call on Him To Resign

Among those saying the Minnesota Democrat should step down in light of sexual harassment allegations is Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member of the Senate education committee.

December 05, 2017

Democrats Grill Trump Civil Rights, Special Education Nominees on Administration's Record

Democrats on the Senate education committee had some tough questions for President Donald Trump's picks to head up civil rights and special education policy at the U.S. Department of Education.

December 04, 2017

Tax Bill Extras: A Win for Ted Cruz, a Loss for Orrin Hatch, DeVos Gets Mentioned

The Senate's passage of a tax overhaul bill featured some late-night, dramatic moments concerning school choice, religious instruction, and a private college linked to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

December 02, 2017

Senate OKs Tax Bill Changing Teacher Deduction, Expanding School Choice

The Senate's version of a tax overhaul package contains potential changes for how teachers do their taxes, for state and local education funding, and other issues related to schools.

December 01, 2017

Higher Ed. Overhaul Would Change FAFSA, Along With Teacher-Prep Oversight

A House bill contains significant changes to how high school students apply for federal aid for college, as well as the information about colleges provided by the federal government to prospective students and their families.

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