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March 02, 2017

Two Possible Paths for a Tax-Credit School Choice Plan in Congress

Any federal measure to create Washington-backed education tax credits probably wouldn't go through the House and Senate education committees. That leaves open a couple of possibilities.

February 23, 2017

Did Democrats Waste Time Fighting Betsy DeVos More Than Other Nominees?

Although there was intense opposition from Democrats and activists to the education secretary's nomination, some wonder whether that detracted from opposition to nominees like Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

February 17, 2017

House Education Committee Staffers Get New Power This Congress

Amid the turnover accompanying the 115th Congress, you might have missed changes to staff investigative authority that affect the education committee in the House of Representatives.

February 13, 2017

Key House Lawmaker Discusses What's Next for Federal Education Funding

Last year, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., oversaw a federal spending bill for education in the House that cut the department's overall budget of $68 billion by $1.3 billion.

February 07, 2017

House Votes to Overturn ESSA Accountability, Teacher-Prep Rules

The possible end of the ESSA accountability rules finalized last year could have far-reaching consequences for the U.S. Department of Education, state officials, and local district leaders say.

February 03, 2017

Senate Set to Decide Betsy DeVos' Fate Next Week

By a party-line vote of 52-48, the Senate voted to close debate on DeVos' nomination by President Donald Trump, which has sparked a controversy unlike any seen before over a potential secretary of education.

February 02, 2017

House Republicans Move to Scrap Rules on ESSA, Teacher Preparation

"We are sending a signal that we are unhappy with these regs," said Tyler Hernandez, a spokesman for the House education committee.

February 02, 2017

Here Are Key GOP Senators Who Have Yet to Support or Oppose Betsy DeVos

Without another Republican senator joining the two who say they'll vote against the education secretary nominee, the tally appears to be 50-50, assuming all Democrats vote "no."

February 02, 2017

Republicans Are Moving Quickly to Introduce School Choice Bills

It's unclear whether President Donald Trump's $20 billion federal voucher plan has legs. But don't mistake that for a lack of overall enthusiasm among GOP lawmakers for expanding school choice.

February 01, 2017

Which GOP Senators Could Reject DeVos? Look to Rural, Anti-Voucher Republicans

A 2015 Senate vote on a federal school choice bill provides a clue about which senators might not be big DeVos fans.

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