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August 14, 2017

Obama Education Appointees: Where Are They Now?

The Obama administration's political appointees may have cleaned out their desks six months ago or more. But that doesn't mean that they have stopped working on K-12 policy.

August 08, 2017

ESSA Point Man Jason Botel to Leave Education Dept. Post, Sources Say

Acting assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education Jason Botel may not hold that title much longer, sources say.

July 12, 2017

Education Department Staffing Has Plummeted Over Time, Report Finds

President Donald Trump came to Washington pledging to slash the federal workforce. He may be jumping on a train that's already left the station, at least as far as the U.S. Department of Education is concerned.

June 12, 2017

Veteran School Choice Champion Is Top Pick for Key Policy Job at Ed. Dept.

Sources say Jim Blew, director of Student Success California, a 50CAN affiliate, is a top contender to lead the office of planning, evaluation, and policy analysis.

June 06, 2017

Trump and DeVos Announce New Hires at Education Department

President Trump has tapped Peter Oppenheim to serve as an assistant secretary in the education department. And U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has named new aides for special education and higher ed.

May 18, 2017

GAO: Education Department Should Improve Oversight of Competitive Grants

The GAO looked at a sample of 75 federal grants. And almost all of them—69—were incomplete in some way in terms of oversight, according to the report.

May 11, 2017

Sixteen ESSA Plans Have Been Turned In; Fewer Than Half Are Ready for Review

At least six states plans have been deemed complete by the U.S. Department of Education.

April 20, 2017

Trump Picks Ex-HP Executive for Top Management Job at Education Department

Holly Luong Ham, who will oversee the department's office of management, is joining the list of recent appointments to work under Secretary Betsy DeVos.

April 11, 2017

Some States Look Beyond Reading, Math in ESSA Accountability

Of the nine state plans released so far, at least five include—or plan to include—academic or extracurricular subjects beyond reading and math.

April 02, 2017

Trump Taps Former Jeb Bush Aide as Ed. Dept. General Counsel

Carlos Muniz, who worked for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will serve as the agency's general counsel, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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