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July 31, 2014

What Happens on K-12 Policy if Republicans Take Over the U.S. Senate?

The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.

July 24, 2014

Senate Education Aid Bill Inches Forward; House Budget Panel Issues Ed. Report

The Senate Appropriations Committee officially released its education spending proposal for fiscal year 2015, and the House Budget Committee unveiled a series of education policy proposals.

July 23, 2014

Troubled Path Forward for Education Spending Bill

It's unlikely Congress will pass a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 before the end of this fiscal year, despite lawmakers' insistence they would.

June 13, 2014

Daunting Challenges in Obama's Bid to Reform Indian Education

Budget constraints and profound mistrust among tribal communities for the federal government are some of the obstacles to overhauling the Bureau of Indian Education.

June 12, 2014

Delay in Education Appropriations Process Angers Republicans

The Senate committee responsible for funding education has postponed the markup up of its federal fiscal 2015 spending bill, and Republicans are angry.

June 10, 2014

U.S. Senate Spending Panel Zeroes Out Race to the Top Proposal

The Obama administration's proposal for a new iteration of the Race to the Top program aimed at bolstering educational equity, was rejected by Senate Democrats on a spending subcommittee Tuesday.

May 30, 2014

GAO Report: Sequestration Forced Districts to Reduce Staff, Programs

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that sequestration cuts to Title I and Impact Aid forced some districts to reduce specialists, increase class sizes, reduce professional development, and delay technology upgrades.

May 06, 2014

U.S. Senate Budget Committee Quizzes Duncan on Waivers, Spending

Senators discussed NCLB waivers, early-childhood education, and overall funding with the U.S. Secretary of Education at a hearing about the president's education spending request.

April 30, 2014

Arne Duncan Makes Sales Pitch for Waivers, Turnarounds, Early Ed in Senate Hearing

No Child Left Behind waivers are not having a very good week on Capitol Hill.

April 29, 2014

Chairman Kline Seeks Big Increase in Federal Aid for Special Education

It's worth noting that funding for special education has been a key issue in Rep. John Kline's suburban Minnesota district, where voters narrowly backed President Barack Obama in 2012.

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