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January 25, 2018

Trump Likely to Propose Big Changes to Education Research Budget

The Trump administration's budget is likely to combine three significant research programs--the State Longitudinal Data System program, the Regional Educational Laboratory Program, and the Comprehensive Centers--advocates with knowledge of the proposal said.

January 24, 2018

GOP Lawmaker Revives Push to Create New Tax Break for Home Schooling

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., has introduced legislation to allow money in 529 savings plans to be used for home-schooling expenses, a proposal that was stripped out of a late version of the recent tax-code overhaul.

January 23, 2018

Education Funding Advocates Fear Federal School Aid Will Lose Out

Funding for the U.S. Department of Education could go up in a final fiscal 2018 budget deal, but education funding advocates are worried that K-12 and other domestic programs could lose out to defense spending.

January 22, 2018

Children's Health Insurance Gets Six-Year Extension

A stop-gap funding bill passed by Congress includes long-term money for the popular Childrens Health Insurance Program, but advocates wonder why it took so long.

January 22, 2018

Government on Track to Reopen, But for How Long? A Deal on DACA Will Be Key

Although the government was on track to reopen on Monday after a brief shutdown, issues underlying behind it, specifically the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, haven't been resolved by the deal, which lasts until Feb. 8.

January 18, 2018

Trump's Education Department Picks Get Senate Committee Approval

Jim Blew, Kenneth L. Marcus, and Mick Zais got the OK from the Senate education committee for positions under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

January 18, 2018

Lawmakers Press Trump to Spend on Public School Infrastructure

Senators tell President Donald Trump that improving school facilities is "essential for advancing student achievement" and should be a part of any broader infrastructure spending plan.

January 11, 2018

Senate Democrats Force Vote in Bid to Restore Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to overturn net neutrality has school districts worried about the kind of access they could provide to online educational services.

January 09, 2018

New Sens. Doug Jones and Tina Smith Join Senate Education Committee

Jones and Smith will replace Al Franken, the former Democratic senator from Minnesota who resigned last month after allegations of sexual misconduct, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

January 09, 2018

What Congress Hasn't Finished or Started: Data Privacy, Career-Tech, and Special Ed. Law

On some issues, like career and technical education, Congress has made progress over the past year. On other issues like student-data privacy, not so much.

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