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July 28, 2017

If Senate Starts Over on Health Care, K-12 Could Dip Lower on Priority List

Should the overhaul effort catch fire once again, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., could play a key role in the process, competing for his committee's attention.

March 08, 2017

Updated Higher Education Law Could Impact Data, Access for K-12 Students

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the Senate education committee chairman, told us recently that reauthorizing the law will be his committee's "major focus" over the next year.

March 01, 2017

Measure to Overturn ESSA Accountability Rules Introduced in Senate

The Senate resolution and a similar House move aim to end now-paused regulations governing state ESSA plans and issues ranging from testing opt-outs to school turnarounds.

January 31, 2017

Senate Committee Backs Betsy DeVos, But Two Future GOP Votes Uncertain

Democrats tried a variety of tactics to attack DeVos' nomination, questioning her fitness for the job, her political background, and her ability to avoid conflicts of interest.

January 20, 2017

Senate Education Committee Delays Vote on Betsy DeVos' Nomination

The vote's delay comes one day after DeVos completed a lengthy financial disclosure of her financial assets.

January 17, 2017

Democrats Press Betsy DeVos on Privatization, ESSA, and LGBT Rights

The nominee for education secretary sought to use her confirmation hearing to beat back the notion that she would undermine public education in that position.

January 10, 2017

Sen. Alexander Praises Betsy DeVos After Meeting, Expects Quick Confirmation

Alexander praised the nominee one day after the Senate education committee delayed DeVos' confirmation hearing by six days.

September 12, 2016

Assume You Can Do What You Like Under ESSA, Sen. Alexander Tells Ky. Lawmakers

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., had this message in an appearance before Kentucky legislators: Assume you can do as you please under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

June 29, 2016

Education Secretary Spars With Senators Over School Ratings, ESSA Timeline

It was the second congressional hearing about the Every Student Succeeds Act in under a week featuring U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

May 19, 2016

Education Department's 'Bathroom Edict' an Overreach, GOP Senators Say

The U.S. Department of Education is acting like a "national school board" in attempting to tell public schools how they should address the rights of transgender students, according to 25 Republican senators.

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