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September 17, 2020

DeVos Hopeful School Choice Funding Will Be Included in COVID-19 Relief Bill

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for tax credits for private school scholarships and funding for families to pay tuition or buy educational materials.

September 17, 2020

CDC Details Color-Coded Risk Levels for In-Person Learning During Pandemic

Some states' reopening metrics are more lenient than those used in a new CDC scale, which details risk of COVID-19 transmission within schools.

September 14, 2020

When Is It Safe for Schools to Open? Many States Haven't Given Clear Answers

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia provide "no clear public health criteria" for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, a research center's analysis finds.

September 10, 2020

Education Department Puts Controversial Coronavirus Aid Rule on Ice

The U.S. Department of Education says a rule on how public schools share COVID-19 aid with private school students is no longer in effect after it was struck down by a federal court.

September 08, 2020

Senate GOP Sticks to School Choice Push in Slimmed Down Relief Proposal

The coronavirus relief proposal unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday includes school choice measures, but no additional federal assistance to state and local governments. Democratic leaders called it "emaciated."

September 05, 2020

Judge Strikes Down DeVos Rule on COVID-19 Relief Funds in Nationwide Order

A federal judge struck down a rule that required public schools to direct a larger share of coronavirus relief to private schools.

September 03, 2020

Betsy DeVos Tells States Not to Expect Waivers From Annual Tests

The tests required by federal law are crucial to helping schools respond to the coronavirus pandemic and help vulnerable students, the education secretary said in a letter to chief state school officers.

September 02, 2020

Teachers' Fears About Returning to School Valid Amid Trump's Failures, Biden Says

"Donald Trump and Secretary DeVos haven't stepped up," Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said of the administration's reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

September 01, 2020

Private and Charter Schools Got $6 Billion in Paycheck Protection Program Aid, Study Says

By comparison, traditional public schools have received roughly $13 billion in federal coronavirus relief, although many in the K-12 field believe more aid is necessary.

August 31, 2020

Feds Extend Meal Waivers for Students After Pressure From Schools, Lawmakers

The extensions will let schools and community groups continue feeding students with fewer restrictions than typical under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

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