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May 10, 2018

House Vote Could Decide Fate of School Choice Plan for Key Group of Students

Advocates push to expand federally backed school choice under the Trump administration has pretty much fallen flat this Congress—and there might be only one proposal left that can save it.

April 25, 2018

Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Boost Career and Technical Education Teachers

Introduced with bipartisan support, a new bill seeks to boost the supply of good career-and-technical-education teachers.

April 23, 2018

How States Stack Up on Federal Funding for Teachers, Low-Income Students

The U.S. Department of Education has released state-by-state spending estimates for key programs based on the fiscal 2018 spending bill President Donald Trump signed last month. See how your state stacks up on two notable programs.

April 18, 2018

Senate Confirms Nominee to Be Top Attorney at DeVos Education Department

Muñiz is the fifth Trump political nominee to the Education Department to be approved by the Senate, but nominees for positions that oversee issues like civil rights and policy analysis still await confirmation.

April 11, 2018

Speaker Ryan Will Leave ESSA Passage, New Tax Break for Choice as K-12 Legacy

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ensured passage of ESSA in 2015 and gave a boost to parents seeking resources for school choice through a tax-reform bill approved in 2017.

April 10, 2018

Military Coalition Tells Congress Not to Raid Federal Budget for School Choice

The consortium representing various veterans' groups and uniformed associations is pushing back on the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, which was introduced last month by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.

April 04, 2018

'Hail Mary' Budget Move Could Throw Federal Education Spending Into Question

Trump has reportedly discussed with House Republican leaders the idea of effectively cutting some spending out of the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill he signed late last month.

April 02, 2018

Meet the Only K-12 Education Program to Get Cut in the Spending Bill Trump Signed

The new federal spending levels approved by President Donald Trump include a $2.6 billion boost for the U.S. Department of Education. But what's the story behind that number?

March 27, 2018

Arming Teachers Not a Great Idea, Says Top Republican Senator for Education

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee, told the Associated Press he is "not a big fan" of giving teachers firearms to protect their schools.

March 26, 2018

Tension Between DeVos and a GOP Congress Reflects a Beltway Tradition

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is frustrated with Congress and it appears to be mutual. But she's hardly the first secretary to clash with lawmakers in her own party.

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