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June 07, 2016

Senate Panel OKs Tiny Hikes for Key K-12 Grants, $300 Million for ESSA Block Grant

School districts and states wouldn't see big increases to special education aid or Title I funding for disadvantaged students under a spending bill approved Tuesday.

June 07, 2016

House Speaker Ryan's Policy Blueprint Includes Early Learning, Career Education

"A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America" doesn't spend a ton of time dealing with K-12, but the plan from a task force of House Republicans and presented by Speaker Paul Ryan contains a few things worth noting for educators.

May 19, 2016

School-Nutrition Bill Scaling Back Federal Role Passed by House Ed. Committee

Republicans on the committee said the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 is necessary to beat back what they see as an oversized federal role in school meals

May 18, 2016

Key GOP Senator Blasts Ed. Department's Approach to ESSA Title I Spending

A spending provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act called "supplement-not-supplant" was again under the spotlight during a Senate education committee hearing on Wednesday.

May 17, 2016

Share of High-Poverty, Racially Isolated Schools Rising, GAO Report Says

The percentage of schools serving students who mostly are black and Hispanic and also from low-income backgrounds has ticked up in recent years, the Government Accountability Office finds.

May 16, 2016

What's Holding Up the Education-Research Bill in Congress?

Last December, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Strengthening Education Through Research Act. It's designed to reauthorize the structure of education research at the Institute for Education Sciences.

May 11, 2016

Sens. Cassidy, Mikulski Urge More Action to Address Dyslexia in Ed. Committee

The committee, presided over by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., heard testimony about the condition, misperceptions attached to it, and how mandatory screening for children at a young age could dramatically improve their experiences in schools and educational outcomes.

May 11, 2016

Congressional K-12 Leaders Urge Ed. Dept. to Ensure 'Full Participation' in ESSA Shift

The letter to Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. fits into a broader pattern of Democrats urging the Education Department to take a proactive role in ESSA implementation.

May 11, 2016

Could Bernie Sanders Step Into an Education Leadership Role in Congress?

There's an outside, slim, but still interesting-to-think-about chance that Sanders could end up becoming the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, or even the panel's chairman come January.

April 29, 2016

House of Representatives Passes D.C. Voucher Reauthorization Bill

Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah

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