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November 20, 2020

DeVos and States Clash on Whether COVID-19 Aid Is Just 'Sitting in the Bank'

A new data tool shows schools had spent a small share of CARES Act money months after the law passed, but what that means is disputed.

November 20, 2020

Fact Check: What Joe Biden Got Wrong About Teacher Job Loss

President-elect Joe Biden said 666,000 teachers have been laid off during the coronavirus crisis. But the real number isn't as big.

October 28, 2020

Lawmakers Push Plan to Protect School Jobs From Pandemic Cuts

The new proposal resembles an education jobs program signed by President Barack Obama in 2010, but it would be much bigger.

October 01, 2020

How Betsy DeVos' Teacher Grants Boost Donald Trump's Economic Agenda

The teacher and principal grants also highlight how presidential administrations can make their mark on education funding in various ways.

September 25, 2020

Judge Orders Census Bureau to Keep Counting. Here's Why That Matters for Schools

Accurate census data is tied to billions of dollars of federal education aid. A federal judge told officials this week that they can't shorten the timeline for the count.

August 22, 2020

Judge Issues Blistering Injunction Against Betsy DeVos' Coronavirus Aid Rule

The injunction in federal court about private school students represents a win for public school advocates in a bitter dispute over federal COVID-19 relief.

August 10, 2020

Schools Rely on the Census. A Rushed Count Threatens Its Accuracy, Groups Warn

Child advocacy groups have warned that an abbreviated Census schedule threatens to jeopardize the accuracy of the count, which is crucial for schools.

August 03, 2020

House Approves Bill With $716 Million Increase to Federal Education Spending

The Democrat-controlled House has approved a $716 million increase for the U.S. Department of Education in the next fiscal year, but there's a long way to go before a final spending deal is reached.

July 27, 2020

GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

The Senate Republican bill, which includes $70 billion for K-12 schools, isn't expected to become law but sets parameters for tricky coronavirus relief negotiations with Democrats.

July 10, 2020

Fact Check: Trump Lacks Clear Power to Deliver on Threats to 'Cut Off' School Aid

Due to federal education law and other factors, President Donald Trump's repeated warnings that he could cut off funding to schools that don't restart in-person classes might go nowhere.

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