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March 08, 2017

Updated Higher Education Law Could Impact Data, Access for K-12 Students

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the Senate education committee chairman, told us recently that reauthorizing the law will be his committee's "major focus" over the next year.

March 07, 2017

Democratic Senators Seek Hearings on Education Department Nominees

The seven senators argued that hearings would given the Senate education committee a chance to gauge nominees' backgrounds in issues such as higher education policy.

March 07, 2017

What's at Stake For Schools in the Debate Over the Affordable Care Act

Changes to the law could have implications for districts in areas such as Medicaid, high-cost health plans, and coverage for some who work less than 40 hours a week.

March 06, 2017

What Happens to Education Spending if the Budget Stays in a Holding Pattern

In just over two months, Congress must decide if it basically wants to punt on creating a regular fiscal 2017 budget, a decision could have consequences for K-12 spending.

March 03, 2017

Senator Introduces Resolution to Repeal Obama Teacher-Prep Rules

The resolution sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., would repeal the regulations from late last year that govern how teacher-prep programs measure the success of their students.

March 02, 2017

Two Possible Paths for a Tax-Credit School Choice Plan in Congress

Any federal measure to create Washington-backed education tax credits probably wouldn't go through the House and Senate education committees. That leaves open a couple of possibilities.

February 23, 2017

Did Democrats Waste Time Fighting Betsy DeVos More Than Other Nominees?

Although there was intense opposition from Democrats and activists to the education secretary's nomination, some wonder whether that detracted from opposition to nominees like Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

February 17, 2017

House Education Committee Staffers Get New Power This Congress

Amid the turnover accompanying the 115th Congress, you might have missed changes to staff investigative authority that affect the education committee in the House of Representatives.

February 13, 2017

Key House Lawmaker Discusses What's Next for Federal Education Funding

Last year, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., oversaw a federal spending bill for education in the House that cut the department's overall budget of $68 billion by $1.3 billion.

February 07, 2017

House Votes to Overturn ESSA Accountability, Teacher-Prep Rules

The possible end of the ESSA accountability rules finalized last year could have far-reaching consequences for the U.S. Department of Education, state officials, and local district leaders say.

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