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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.

November 30, 2017

Senators Fail (So Far) to Attach School Choice Measures to Tax Bill

Several amendments to expand school choice in various ways have yet to gain traction as part of the Senate's bid to overhaul the tax code.

November 30, 2017

How Yet Another Government Shutdown Showdown Could Impact Schools

If lawmakers don't take some kind of action by Dec. 8, major parts of the government—including the U.S. Department of Education—will grind to a halt.

November 29, 2017

Where the House and Senate GOP Tax Bills Differ on Education

From teacher tax deductions to school choice, the two bills don't treat K-12 issues exactly the same. Here are a few key differences between them.

November 27, 2017

Tax Bills' Changes to Debt Could Shrink School Spending, Education Officials Say

A provision of the House and Senate tax bills involving tax-free bonds could make it harder for school districts to pay off long-term debt.

November 16, 2017

Tax Bills' Potential Impact on Federal Education Funding: Big Cuts, or Meh?

Tax cuts proposed by both the House and Senate would be financed by deficit spending that some advocates say could lead to pressure to cut K-12 funding. But not everyone agrees.

November 15, 2017

New Senate Tax Plan Doubles Teachers' Deduction for Buying Classroom Supplies

The changes would allow teachers to deduct $500 from their taxable income for purchases they make out of pocket for their classrooms, from pencils to software

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