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October 22, 2013

U.S. House Approves Bipartisan Background Check Bill

School districts would have to conduct comprehensive background checks on any employee with unsupervised access to kids.

October 21, 2013

What Do Common Core and the Fiscal Fight Have in Common?

They're both issues on which the grassroots, tea party, activist side of the Republican Party doesn't see eye-to-eye with the business community.

October 18, 2013

Sequestration Stings Impact Aid Districts, Survey Says

School districts that get Impact Act have taken drastic action to deal with the across-the-board federal budget cuts, including eliminating instructional staff and closing schools.

October 15, 2013

Education Department's Post-Government-Shutdown To-Do List

When federal Education Department employees return to work, their lengthy to-do list will include monitoring waivers, judging Race to the Top applications, and pursuing financial sanctions against Georgia.

October 11, 2013

NEA Ad Campaign Hits GOP on Shutdown, Sequestration

We're more than a year away from the 2014 mid-term elections, but the National Education Association is already calling out four Republicans, who could have pivotal races next fall, for what the union sees as their role in the current near complete-and-total fiscal meltdown

October 10, 2013

U.S. House Democrats: Sequestration Has Squeezed Schools

Remember sequestration, those 5 percent across-the-board cuts to federal programs that went into effect last March? These days, with the debt-ceiling the debate and the shutdown sucking up all of the oxygen in Washington, it seems some in Congress may have pushed them to the backburner.

October 07, 2013

Send Us Your Education-Related Shutdown Questions

Over the next few days, we'll be compiling a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the government shutdown and answering them on the blog.

October 01, 2013

Government Shutdown Pulse Check: For Education, Worst is Yet to Come

For now, school districts and states still aren't feeling major effects from a short-term, partial shutdown of the federal government.

September 29, 2013

Previewing Duncan's Speech: Congress Lives in 'Alternative Universe'

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will lay out second-term priorities as his agency is preparing for a government shutdown.

September 27, 2013

What Does the Possible Government Shutdown Mean For Schools?

A temporary shutdown is arguably no big deal compared to what could happen if Congress is unable to deal with the debt ceiling.

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