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May 17, 2018

School Officials Urge Congress to Update Student-Data Privacy Law

School officials urged federal lawmakers to update the law governing the handling and disclosure of student data in a House hearing, saying that it must provide more clarity to education leaders.

May 16, 2018

Senate Confirms Trump Nominee for Deputy Secretary Under Betsy DeVos

Senators confirmed Mick Zais, the former state schools chief for South Carolina and a retired Army brigadier general, by a 50-48 vote on Wednesday.

May 15, 2018

Here's Who Might Fill Capitol Hill's Upcoming School Choice Void

With two Indiana lawmakers slated to leave the House at the end of this Congress, there will be something of a vacuum for champions of school choice in the House of Representatives.

May 10, 2018

Congressional Black Caucus Bill Backs Wraparound Services, Computer Science

The Jobs and Justice Act, introduced by the caucus Thursday as an omnibus bill, also supports the creation of environmental justice programs at the U.S. Department of Education.

May 10, 2018

House Vote Could Decide Fate of School Choice Plan for Key Group of Students

Advocates push to expand federally backed school choice under the Trump administration has pretty much fallen flat this Congress—and there might be only one proposal left that can save it.

April 25, 2018

Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Boost Career and Technical Education Teachers

Introduced with bipartisan support, a new bill seeks to boost the supply of good career-and-technical-education teachers.

April 23, 2018

How States Stack Up on Federal Funding for Teachers, Low-Income Students

The U.S. Department of Education has released state-by-state spending estimates for key programs based on the fiscal 2018 spending bill President Donald Trump signed last month. See how your state stacks up on two notable programs.

April 18, 2018

Senate Confirms Nominee to Be Top Attorney at DeVos Education Department

Muñiz is the fifth Trump political nominee to the Education Department to be approved by the Senate, but nominees for positions that oversee issues like civil rights and policy analysis still await confirmation.

April 11, 2018

Speaker Ryan Will Leave ESSA Passage, New Tax Break for Choice as K-12 Legacy

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ensured passage of ESSA in 2015 and gave a boost to parents seeking resources for school choice through a tax-reform bill approved in 2017.

April 10, 2018

Military Coalition Tells Congress Not to Raid Federal Budget for School Choice

The consortium representing various veterans' groups and uniformed associations is pushing back on the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, which was introduced last month by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.

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