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December 19, 2019

What the FAFSA Simplification Trump Signed Means for Students

The cumbersome process of applying for federal student aid will be a bit easier after President Trump signed a bill that simplifies the FAFSA form Thursday.

December 10, 2019

At ESSA Anniversary Event, Policy Leaders, Advocates Reflect on Law's Impact

On the four-year anniversary of the Every Student Succeeds Act, lawmakers review their bipartisan achievement and advocates call for further reform.

August 23, 2019

Address Racism and Gun Violence Without Stigmatizing Kids, Groups Urge Key Senator

In a letter to a key U.S. senator, the organizations say that trying to address mass violence by focusing on mental health issues fails to get at the root causes of mass shootings.

December 17, 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Capitol Hill's Top Republican on Education, Won't Run in 2020

In addition to serving as the chairman of the Senate education committee, Alexander previously served as secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, as well as governor of Tennessee. He was a chief architect of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

April 05, 2018

Top U.S. Senators for Education Pitch Youth Prevention to Fight Opioid Epidemic

A new blueprint for fighting opioid addiction from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would focus on youth prevention and recovery, and create a new task force to help children cope with trauma related to opioids.

March 27, 2018

Arming Teachers Not a Great Idea, Says Top Republican Senator for Education

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee, told the Associated Press he is "not a big fan" of giving teachers firearms to protect their schools.

March 06, 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander Backs Changes to ESSA to Improve School Safety

The chairman of the Senate education committee said he would introduce legislation to allow schools to hire more counselors, improve infrastructure, and fund violence-prevention programs.

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.

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