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March 16, 2017

Trump Budget Would Make Massive Cuts to Ed. Dept., But Boost School Choice

The Education Department's nearly $70 billion budget would be slashed by $9 billion, or 13 percent in the coming fiscal year under the spending plan proposed by President Donald Trump.

March 13, 2017

Trump Sharpens Budget Knife for Education Department, Sources Say

Programs dealing with teacher quality and after school appear to be among those eyed for major cuts in the federal budget being prepared for fiscal 2018.

March 09, 2017

Former Jeb Bush Foundation Staffers Working at Trump's Ed. Dept.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sat on the board of Bush's foundation, until she was tapped to helm the department.

January 25, 2017

What Does Trump's Hiring Freeze Mean for the Education Department?

President Donald Trump's executive order affecting many federal agencies, with the exception of military employees, could mean longer hours for career staff and slower response to inquiries.

January 12, 2017

Sources: Former Bush Economic Adviser a Top Contender for Deputy Secretary

Allan B. Hubbard, who served as an economic adviser during both Bush administrations, is a top contender for deputy secretary, the Education Department's No. 2 job.

December 20, 2016

Six New Promise Neighborhoods Grants Totaling $33 Million Announced

Winners in the latest round of federal grants include a college in Kentucky, a health-care nonprofit group in Mississippi, and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in California.

December 13, 2016

Ed. Dept. Announces $12 Million Grant Competition to Boost Diversity

The grant competition announced Tuesday would give up to 20 school districts the opportunity to craft roadmaps for increasing student diversity and get started on those plans.

October 26, 2016

Race to the Top's Impact on Student Achievement, State Policy Unclear, Report Says

There's no hard-and-fast evidence that Race to the Top, Obama administration's $4 billion, signature K-12 initiative had a long-term impact on student achievement or state policy, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's research arm.

October 17, 2016

Graduation Rate Hits Record High of 83.2 Percent: Should Obama Take Credit?

High school graduation rates inched up for the fourth year in a row, by nearly one percentage point in the 2014-15 school year, the Obama administration announced Monday.

October 12, 2016

Test Scores Get Less Emphasis in Final Federal Teacher-Preparation Rules

The U.S. Department of Education today released its long-awaited final rules on teacher preparation. The rules, first proposed in 2014, aim to hold teacher-training programs accountable for the performance of their graduates.

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