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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.

January 12, 2016

Alexander: If Obama Nominates an Ed. Sec., We Would Move Swiftly to Confirm

Sen. Lamar Alexander, head of the Senate education committee, pledged to move fast if President Barack Obama nominates an education secretary, rather than continuing to have an acting secretary.

December 28, 2015

The Top 10 Politics K-12 Blog Posts of 2015: Yes, ESSA Dominates

We've been pretty occupied with news and analysis of the Every Student Succeeds Act at the end of this year—and our readers have been pretty busy reading about it.

December 16, 2015

Education Spending Slated for $1.2 Billion Boost in Congressional Budget Deal

Title I funding would receive an increase after several years of flat funding, while charter schools, the National Assessment of Educational Programs, and Head Start would also see more money in the fiscal 2016 federal budget.

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