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July 28, 2017

Top Democrats to Betsy DeVos: Your New Plan for ESSA Review Violates the Law

Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott told Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that her department's plan for phone calls prior to written feedback is problematic.

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.

July 16, 2017

Betsy DeVos Tells a Top Critic: Obama Civil Rights Approach 'Harmed Students'

The U.S. secretary of education's handling of various civil rights issues has raised big concerns for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., top Democrat on the Senate education committee.

April 14, 2017

Top Dem. Senators Ask for Federal Study of Tax-Credit School Choice Programs

Tax-credit scholarships could be one of several ways that President Donald Trump's administration and Congress could use to promote school choice from Washingto

February 28, 2017

Democrats Press Betsy DeVos for Details on Possible Education Department Cuts

The top two Democrats on education in Congress want the education secretary to flesh out her announced plan to audit programs at the department and cut unnecessary ones.

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.

November 16, 2016

Sen. Patty Murray to Remain Top Democrat on Senate Education Committee

Murray took over as the committee's number one Democrat in 2015, after control of the Senate flipped to Republicans. She was am architect of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

August 02, 2016

Key Democrats Want Revisions to Draft ESSA Rules on Student Growth, Subgroups

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott say the Education Department should rethink its requirements for how schools are held accountable for struggling groups of students.

June 13, 2016

Top K-12 Congressional Democrats Tell Obama Admin. Not to Forget About Pre-K

The Every Student Succeed Act's Preschool Development Grants, which provided dedicated federal funding to early learning, are authorized for $250 million under the law,

May 25, 2016

Make ESSA Accountability Rules Clear and Strong, Democrats Tell the Ed. Dept.

In a May 24 letter, the top two Democrats on K-12 issues in Congress told the federal department to make sure that ESSA has robust accountability language on a number of fronts.

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