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May 17, 2019

Transgender Students, Athletics, Bullying: What the Equality Act Would Mean for Schools

Supporters of the bill say it would extend critical civil rights protections to more students. But opponents say it ignores parents' rights in schools and could lead to confusing situations for some children.

May 09, 2019

Democrats in Congress Hate Arming Teachers. Did They Miss a Chance to Curtail It?

House Democrats are using an education spending bill to address concerns about arming teachers directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to issue guidance on the issue. Could they have gone further?

May 08, 2019

Democrats Advance Bill to Spend Billions More on Schools. Is It Doomed to Fail?

A spending bill that would provide nearly $76 billion to the U.S. Department of Education was approved by a key House committee on Wednesday.

May 07, 2019

Democrats Seek to Cut $40 Million From Federal Aid to Charter Schools

Charter schools would take a nearly 10 percent cut in the House appropriations bill, a sign that disdain for charter schools has grown as a political force among Democrats.

April 14, 2019

School Integration Champions Say Broad Support on Capitol Hill Is Possible

Supporters for curtailing racial and socioeconomic segregation in American public schools say the federal government should take an active role in funding, oversight, and in other areas.

March 24, 2019

Three Things to Watch for When DeVos Defends Trump's Budget to Congress

House Democrats, who took control of their chamber at the start of this year, will be eager to grill Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the president's proposal to cut her budget, and more.

March 07, 2019

GOP Senators Unveil Plan to Bolster School Choice for Military Families

Senators Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, and Tim Scott want more options for children in families connected to the military, but a similar proposal failed to advance last year.

February 27, 2019

'It's Barbaric.' Lawmakers Probe Restraint and Seclusion Ahead of Legislation

Democrats have made clear their deep concerns about the practice; experts say that while the use of restraint and seclusion is rare in public schools, the practices disproportionately impact students with disabilities.

February 26, 2019

$100 Billion Plan to Repair, Upgrade Schools Passes Key Committee

Democrats are hoping to capitalize on interest in repairing and upgrading school facilities by moving the bill along quickly, but it still faces a difficult path ahead.

February 12, 2019

At House Education Hearing, Lawmakers Differ Sharply on Why Teachers Are Underpaid

Democrats and their witnesses stressed the need for more funding for teacher salary increases and school infrastructures, but Republicans were skeptical this approach would help students.

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