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June 24, 2018

Senate Bill to Revamp Career-Tech Education Law Gives States More Power Over Goals

The House passed a career and technical education bill last summer, and the Trump administration is pushing for the Senate to do the same.

June 22, 2018

Senate Draft of Career and Technical Education Bill Would Let Secretary Withhold Funds

Discussions about how to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which is the single largest source of federal funds for American high schools, have ramped up recently in Congress.

June 20, 2018

Senate Rejects Trump's Bid to Claw Back Funds From Children's Health Insurance Program

On Wednesday, 50 senators voted down a push by the Trump administration to revoke about $7 billion in money set aside for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

June 14, 2018

House Spending Bill Would Give Small Boost to Education, Reject Cuts by DeVos

The U.S. Department of Education would get a nearly $71 billion budget in a House spending bill for the next spending year released Thursday. The legislation includes increases for charter schools and special education.

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.

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