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June 13, 2018

Advocates Debate Charter Schools' Performance, Diversity With Lawmakers

Witnesses discussed charters' academic performance, whether they contribute to segregation in education, and whether they've been held properly accountable at a June 13 House education committee hearing.

June 13, 2018

Senate Education Committee Set to Consider Career, Technical Education Bill

The U.S. Senate education committee plans to consider the long-stalled reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the biggest source of federal funding for high schools.

June 11, 2018

House Votes to Cut Children's Health Insurance Funding as Advocates Keep Watch

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to approve a package revoking $7.1 billion in funding reserved for the Children's Health Insurance Program. What would be the impact of the cuts, and what will the Senate do next?

June 07, 2018

Nominee to Lead Civil Rights Work Under Betsy DeVos Confirmed by Senate

Kenneth L. Marcus was tapped to serve as the top civil rights official at the Education Department back in October. In fact, Marcus has basically held the job before.

June 05, 2018

Guns Aren't a Focus of Federal School Safety Panel, Betsy DeVos Tells Senators

The education secretary's comment at a Senate education subcommittee hearing seemed to contradict prior White House statements that the commission she heads will look at age restrictions on certain firearms.

June 05, 2018

New Leader of School Choice Caucus in Congress Hails From DeVos' Home State

Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., will take over as the chairman of the group in the next Congress starting in 2019, assuming he wins re-election this fall.

June 04, 2018

Lawmakers Demand DeVos Correct Remarks on Undocumented Students and ICE

In the June 4 letter, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., who questioned Betsy DeVos about undocumented students and ICE in May, claimed that DeVos' comments were not only inaccurate, but dangerous.

May 22, 2018

DeVos Defends Civil Rights Record, Backs Better Pay for 'Great Teachers' at House Hearing

House Democrats and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights and ESSA, but largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of the Texas high school shooting last week.

May 22, 2018

Democrats: Boost Teacher Pay Instead of Giving Tax Cut to 'Richest Americans'

Democrats want to invest at least $100 billion over the next 10 years in K-12 schools, including to help bolster teachers' salaries and repair school infrastructure, Democratic congressional leaders said Tuesday.

May 20, 2018

Five Things to Watch for When Betsy DeVos Makes Rare Visit to Capitol Hill

The U.S. secretary of education will speak to lawmakers on the House education committee on Tuesday about the department's "policies and priorities."

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