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December 19, 2012

Mikulski to Head Up Appropriations Panel

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who had a shot at the job, will stay on as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

November 07, 2012

Postelection, Kline Talks ESEA Renewal, Fiscal Cliff, and Bipartisanship

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the House education committee chairman, aim to mark up a bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act next year, and sees room for bipartisanship on charters.

September 24, 2012

Miller to Duncan: Waivers May Offer Too Much Leeway On Grad Rates

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Education committee, is worried that the department isn't holding states feet to the fire when it comes to monitoring graduation rates in states that have received waivers from parts of the No Child Left Behind Act.

September 14, 2012

White House Outlines Impact of Looming Sequestration Cuts

Most federal education programs could be cut by 8.2 percent if Congress fails to head off across-the-board spending cuts, the Office of Management and Budget estimates.

September 06, 2012

Congress' Dysfunction Hurts K-12, Senator Warns

There's plenty of K-12 policy action nationally, but Congress can't take much credit, says U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett, D-Colo., former Denver schools chief.

August 21, 2012

Is Education Playing in Congressional Races?

Some congressional races have implications for K-12 policy and spending.

August 14, 2012

House Offers 'Fresh' Take on Produce Program for Poor Schools

Schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program should be able to serve frozen, dried, and canned items, a House committee says, although the program was created to introduce poor children to fresh produce they are unlikely to eat at home.

July 26, 2012

Spellings, Alexander Debate Future of No Child Left Behind Act

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings were both big NCLB fans back in 2001, but times have changed. Can two of the biggest names in federal education policy find common ground on NCLB?

July 25, 2012

Rep. Miller: House Should Also Examine Impact of Trigger Cuts

So there was a big hearing today on the impact of looming across-the-board domestic funding cuts, held by the Senate appropriations panel that deals with education spending. Now, U.S. Rep. George Miller of California, the top Democrat on the House Education Committee, is hoping his panel will follow...

July 25, 2012

Lawmakers Explore Impact of Automatic Cuts on Education

A set of sweeping, across-the-board trigger cuts set to go into effect in January would be "devastating" to education programs, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Democratic lawmakers said at a hearing today.

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