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November 10, 2020

What's at Stake for the Senate Education Committee as Run-Off Elections Loom

Two run-off elections could decide how the Senate addresses the coronavirus pandemic and a new education secretary, among other issues.

February 01, 2019

DeVos Backtracks on Replacing Education Department Watchdog

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Patty Murray, and Rep. Bobby Scott have told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that the replacement inspector general could have conflicts of interests.

October 10, 2018

Democrats Want Government Watchdog to Sniff Around Virtual Charter Schools

Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Patty Murray of Washington state highlight concerns about virtual charters' academic outcomes and management practices.

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.

November 28, 2017

DeVos Has Approved ESSA Plans That Flout Federal Law, Top Democrat Says

This isn't the first time Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has taken heat from Democrats for how she's handled the Every Student Succeeds Act.

October 25, 2017

Democrats Ask Betsy DeVos to Act Against 'Hateful Bullying' in Schools

Senators took a potshot at DeVos' boss, President Donald Trump, arguing that his remarks on Twitter have "normalized" bigotry, misogyny, and other forms of discrimination.

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

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