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June 19, 2012

Senate Panel Would Allow Use of After-School Funds for Extended Day

Should states and schools be able to use federal dollars originally aimed at afterschool and summer learning programs to add extra time to the school day? The Senate appropriations committee says yes.

June 15, 2012

Senate Appropriations Committee Adds School Improvement Option

A bill approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee would add a "whole school reform" model to the four controversial school turnaround choices now spelled out in the federal School Improvement Grant program.

June 12, 2012

Senate Panel OKs Slight Funding Hike for Education Department

Two key K-12 formula programs—Title I grants for districts and state grants for special education—would see slight boosts in a bill approved on a party line vote Tuesday by the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending.

June 07, 2012

GAO Report Questions Whether Bullying Laws Protect All Students

The government agency analyzed reports that offered some conflicting information about the extent of bullying and whether it affects some groups more compared to others.

June 06, 2012

Obama Administration Touts Student-Borrower Plan

The White House announced today that the Education Department will work to make it easier for students to repay their loans.

May 31, 2012

How Will Feds Pay for Keeping Loans Stable?

Republicans in Congress and Democrats, including the Obama administration, are still trying to figure out a way to pay for a plan to keep student loans rates stable.

May 21, 2012

Kline Asks GAO to Examine Race to Top States' Progress on Teachers

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee is asking the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, to look into state's progress in putting in place the teacher and principal portions of their Race to Top applications

May 16, 2012

House Panel Takes A Look at School Choice, Parent Triggers

Today, teh House subcommittee that oversees K-12 education explored parent triggers, plus long-standing, oft-debated choice options for parents, including charter schools and school vouchers.

May 15, 2012

SLICE Act Would Cut Pizza-as-a-Vegetable Provision

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, would end practice of counting tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable serving.

May 10, 2012

House Passes Bill To Stave Off Cuts, But K-12 Advocates Still Worried

The House passed a bill that would stop the cuts—known in Inside-the-Beltway speak as "sequestration"—for a year for all programs. But education advocates—and the White House—aren't exactly celebrating.

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