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March 22, 2018

Congress Wants a Record High for Education Spending. But That's Only on Paper

Congress has rebuffed President Donald Trump's proposed budget cut for fiscal 2018, and instead wants to spend $70.9 billion on the Education Department. But don't read too much into that number.

March 21, 2018

Federal Spending Bill Would Boost Education Aid, Reject Trump Choice Push

The omnibus spending bill rejects the Trump administration's request to eliminate funding for educator development and after-school programs. It rejects virtually all of the administration's school choice proposals.

March 20, 2018

Betsy DeVos Fights Dems on Vouchers, Safety, Civil Rights in Budget Hearing

"President Trump is committed to reducing the federal footprint in education, and that is reflected in this budget," Secretary of Education DeVos told members of a key House subcommittee.

March 18, 2018

Betsy DeVos Is About to Defend Her Budget. Keep These Three Things in Mind

On Tuesday morning, DeVos will pitch the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget plan for the Department of Education to the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees federal money for K-12.

March 14, 2018

House Passes STOP School Violence Act One Month After Parkland Shooting

The bill passed the House exactly one month after 17 students and staff were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

March 14, 2018

Senators Zero In on Law Enforcement, School Discipline in Hearing on Parkland Shooting

Republicans tended to focus on what law enforcement and schools could have done to prevent the shooting in Florida last month, while Democrats pushed for more-restrictive gun laws.

March 13, 2018

Democrats Seek More Money for Mental Health Services, Counseling in Schools

Congress should give more money to an Every Student Succeeds Act program that would help pay for more counselors, trauma-informed classroom management, and mental-health services for schools, Democratic senators said

March 12, 2018

Here's How the Big School Safety Bills in Congress Differ, and Why It Matters

In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last month, it's clear the GOP majorities in Congress want to focus on school-safety initiatives, not gun control.

March 07, 2018

Parkland Student David Hogg, Other Advocates Lobby Capitol Hill on Gun Control

Democrats in Congress heard from students, parents and others who have been impacted by gun violence and who are urging Congress to pass gun-control measures.

March 06, 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander Backs Changes to ESSA to Improve School Safety

The chairman of the Senate education committee said he would introduce legislation to allow schools to hire more counselors, improve infrastructure, and fund violence-prevention programs.

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