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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.

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.

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