In addition to serving as the chairman of the Senate education committee, Alexander previously served as secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, as well as governor of Tennessee. He was a chief architect of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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December 17, 2018
December 16, 2018
The Congressional Budget Office's "Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028" looks at the savings from shrinking or eliminating a variety of programs, including many focused on children.
December 14, 2018
Democratic Senator-elect Jacky Rosen will join the committee next Congress, while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will leave it.
December 13, 2018
The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 also requires information on how many children come into contact with the juvenile-justice system through school-related incidents.
December 13, 2018
Thanks to the midterm elections, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is set to take over the House education committee, and civil rights groups have a significant list of demands.
December 04, 2018
In addition to increasing funding for a Department of Justice policing program, the House lawmakers' bill would set aside a share of the department's grants for school resource officer pay and benefits.
November 25, 2018
Federal lawmakers had a big menu of issues to tackle, like DACA, student-data privacy, and higher education, during this Congress. But the list of accomplishments may fall short of what many sought or expected.
November 13, 2018
Restraint and seclusion is controversial in the special education community; one in 100 students with special needs was restrained or secluded in the 2013-14 school year, according to federal data.
November 07, 2018
With newly empowered Democrats in charge of the House education committee, expect the education secretary to testify more on Capitol Hill as she and other Trump education officials go under the microscope.
November 05, 2018
Republicans will breathe a sigh of relief if they keep the House, but it may not mean big changes for education policy, given the lack of momentum over the past years on issues like data privacy and DACA.