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December 22, 2017

Four Things Educators Should Know About the Tax Bill Trump Just Signed

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act features shake-ups to how state and local taxes are treated, changes to savings plans that let them be used for private school, and more.

December 20, 2017

What Happens While Children's Health Insurance Money Hangs in Limbo?

Millions of children and families may be left in limbo if Congress does not fund the Children's Health Insurance Program by the end of the calendar year.

December 20, 2017

Will the Tax Bill Benefit Private Schools at the Expense of Poor Students in Public Education?

Are private schools poised to benefit at the expense of low-income students, thanks to the GOP tax bill? One supporter of school choice says yes.

December 19, 2017

Late Drama Leads Home Schooling Provision to Be Stripped From Tax Bill

The Senate parliamentarian ruled that a provision in the GOP tax bill giving a tax advantage to money saved for home schooling costs violated Senate rules.

December 18, 2017

Here's Where the GOP Tax Bill Could Hit School Funding the Hardest

The biggest change for schools in the GOP tax reform plan involves state and local taxes and could have a significant impact on school funding. Here's how.

December 15, 2017

Final Tax Bill Keeps Teacher Deduction at $250, Cuts State and Local Deductions

After extensive negotiations, a congressional conference committee has agreed to a final tax reform bill that could impact state and local funding and teachers' pocketbooks, as well as school choice.

December 13, 2017

House Panel Backs Higher Ed. Rewrite Ending Teacher-Focused Grants

Democrats attempted unsuccessfully to restore provisions governing teacher preparation into the GOP-backed PROSPER Act, as well as grant and loan programs that involve teachers.

December 11, 2017

The Clock Is Ticking Louder for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Lawmakers say they support the program for children who aren't covered by Medicaid, but they haven't come up with a funding plan since federal funds ran out Sept. 30.

December 07, 2017

Sen. Al Franken, LGBT Student Rights Advocate and DeVos Critic, Will Resign

The Minnesota Democrat and member of the Senate education committee announced Wednesday that he was stepping down in the face of allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women.

December 07, 2017

Teachers Would Lose Loan Forgiveness Programs in Higher Education Bill

The Republican bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would end two types of loan forgiveness that teachers can currently use, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

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