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March 22, 2016

Education Data, Student Privacy Take Spotlight at Capitol Hill Hearing

The House education committee weighs the issue at a time when some lawmakers are pushing to update the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

March 18, 2016

Give ESSA's Block Grant More Money, Long List of Groups Tells Congress

Over 75 national and regional organizations are asking Congress to beef up funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, which get about $500 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget.

March 16, 2016

Groups Urge Congress to Boost Funding for Disadvantaged Students in Budget

Groups including AASA, The School Administrators Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Rural Education Association seek Title I funding at $450 million above the president's budget.

March 14, 2016

Senate Confirms John B. King Jr. as Education Secretary

King had been serving as acting secretary since the start of this year after taking over for former Secretary Arne Duncan. The vote in the Senate was 49-40.

March 10, 2016

Senators: ESSA Block Grant Shorted in Obama Budget

Sen. Alexander pointed out that the block grant was essentially a compromise;many senators wanted to keep those eliminated programs around, or had hoped to create new ones. He doesn't understand then why the president's budget asks for money for new K-12 programs, while not seeking to fund the block grant sufficiently.

February 25, 2016

John King Pressed on Federal Control, Accountability at ESSA Oversight Hearing

States and districts have more flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but also civil rights responsibilities, acting Education Secretary John B. King Jr. told House lawmakers Thursday.

February 24, 2016

John King Quizzed on Charters, Teachers, Spending at House Budget Hearing

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. highlighted efforts to improve school diversity and elevate the teaching profession in the Education Department's fiscal 2016 budget request.

February 23, 2016

Accountability Grabs the Spotlight at Senate ESSA Oversight Hearing

Tuesday's congressional hearing was second so far on oversight of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

February 02, 2016

Education Official on Congressional Hot Seat Over Financial Allegations

Danny Harris, the Education Department's chief information officer, has been counseled by the department about his actions, but isn't expected to receive further punishment.

January 28, 2016

Ted Cruz and Education: Five Facts to Know Before the Iowa Caucuses

As a White House hopeful, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz epitomizes several Republican positions regarding education, particularly when it comes to the federal government's role in public schools.

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