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October 10, 2018

Democrats Want Government Watchdog to Sniff Around Virtual Charter Schools

Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Patty Murray of Washington state highlight concerns about virtual charters' academic outcomes and management practices.

October 03, 2018

New Federal School Safety Grant Winners Include Board of Education for Parkland

The grants were awarded under the STOP School Violence Act, which was passed by Congress soon after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead.

September 27, 2018

Key Democrat: Congress Wouldn't Find Puerto Rico School Conditions Acceptable on Mainland

Traumatized students in need of counseling. Schools without electricity. That's the picture of life in schools in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands painted by witnesses at a forum organized by House Democrats.

September 26, 2018

Spending Bill Boosting Education Funding Clears Congress, Heads to Trump

Education Secreary Betsy DeVos is close to knowing how much money her department has to spend next fiscal year, with a final bill now before President Donald Trump.

September 25, 2018

Guns and Disadvantaged Students Take Center Stage at Senate ESSA Hearing

While state education chiefs praised the Every Student Succeeds Act for giving them new flexibility, Democratic senators said using federal money to arm teachers would be a terrible mistake.

September 20, 2018

Top Democrat Asks GOP for Hearing in Congress on Puerto Rico's Schools

There has been a tremendous amount of upheaval for education on the island since Hurricane Maria, including hundreds of school closures and a significant drop in enrollment.

September 18, 2018

Senate Passes Spending Bill to Increase Funding for Several Education Programs

The bill for fiscal 2019 includes a $581 million increase in total U.S. Department of Education spending over current levels for fiscal 2018.

September 16, 2018

Winners and Losers From Capitol Hill's School Spending Agreement

We finally have an idea of how, and just how much, Congress wants to spend on education in the coming fiscal year.

September 13, 2018

Lawmakers Strike Deal on Education Spending, Omit Ban on Money for Guns

Those in charge of the Education Department's budget appear ready to reject the Trump team's push to cut the department's overall budget.

September 09, 2018

If Democrats Take the House, Here's What Awaits Betsy DeVos, Civil Rights, and ESSA

If Democrats win the House in the November midterm elections, expect them to focus heavily on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' civil rights record. But how often would they call her to testify?

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