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April 19, 2013

GOP Senator: No More Federal Money for Common Core

Congress wouldn't pump another penny into encouraging stats to adopt the common core standards, or overseeing their implementation if Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has his way.

April 18, 2013

School Safety, Mental Health Programs Falter with Gun Bill

Fans of bipartisan-backed school safety and mental health bills will have to find another legislative vehicle for their programs.

April 17, 2013

Senators to Arne Duncan: Stop Flat-Funding Key K-12 Programs

The U.S. Secretary of Education endures some pointed questioning on the Obama administration's education-funding priorities at a Senate hearing on the president's proposed budget.

April 09, 2013

Harkin, Alexander Introduce Measure to Boost Mental Health in Schools

Schools would be encouraged to expand the use of positive behavior support services, and take other steps to help address students' mental health under bipartisan bill.

April 05, 2013

Obama Would Pay for Pre-K Program by Raising Tobacco Taxes

The administration reportedly proposes covering at least part of the prekindergarten expansion by raising federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

April 01, 2013

U.S. Senate Set to Consider School Safety Bill

School districts would be able to tap into grants to help upgrade their safety infrastructure.

February 01, 2013

GOP Leaders Press Arne Duncan on D.C. Voucher Program

House GOP lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking tough questions about the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

January 31, 2013

Kline Seeks More Detail on Obama's School Safety Proposals

House Republicans are asking how the school safety overhaul proposed by the White House would work with currently existing Education Department programs.

January 26, 2013

Top K-12 Senator Tom Harkin to Retire

Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who sits at the top of the Senate panels that deal with both K-12 spending and policy, isn't planning to seek re-election in 2014.

January 08, 2013

Early-Childhood Education Advocates Wary of Automatic Cuts

Head Start and federal child care grants could be squeezed by automatic, across-the-board cuts set to hit in March, unless Congress acts.

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