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April 14, 2016

House Oversight Committee Reauthorizes D.C. Voucher Program

H.R. 4901, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would reauthorize the D.C. voucher program for three years.

March 31, 2016

New Federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Approved by Obama

The commission could help to give broader and more permanent approval to the White House's push to use more tiered-evidence systems—like those used in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Investing in Innovation program—to evaluate federal programs.

March 22, 2016

Education Data, Student Privacy Take Spotlight at Capitol Hill Hearing

The House education committee weighs the issue at a time when some lawmakers are pushing to update the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

March 18, 2016

Give ESSA's Block Grant More Money, Long List of Groups Tells Congress

Over 75 national and regional organizations are asking Congress to beef up funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, which get about $500 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget.

March 16, 2016

Groups Urge Congress to Boost Funding for Disadvantaged Students in Budget

Groups including AASA, The School Administrators Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Rural Education Association seek Title I funding at $450 million above the president's budget.

March 14, 2016

Senate Confirms John B. King Jr. as Education Secretary

King had been serving as acting secretary since the start of this year after taking over for former Secretary Arne Duncan. The vote in the Senate was 49-40.

March 10, 2016

Senators: ESSA Block Grant Shorted in Obama Budget

Sen. Alexander pointed out that the block grant was essentially a compromise;many senators wanted to keep those eliminated programs around, or had hoped to create new ones. He doesn't understand then why the president's budget asks for money for new K-12 programs, while not seeking to fund the block grant sufficiently.

February 25, 2016

John King Pressed on Federal Control, Accountability at ESSA Oversight Hearing

States and districts have more flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but also civil rights responsibilities, acting Education Secretary John B. King Jr. told House lawmakers Thursday.

February 24, 2016

John King Quizzed on Charters, Teachers, Spending at House Budget Hearing

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. highlighted efforts to improve school diversity and elevate the teaching profession in the Education Department's fiscal 2016 budget request.

February 23, 2016

Accountability Grabs the Spotlight at Senate ESSA Oversight Hearing

Tuesday's congressional hearing was second so far on oversight of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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