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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.

May 11, 2016

Congressional K-12 Leaders Urge Ed. Dept. to Ensure 'Full Participation' in ESSA Shift

The letter to Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. fits into a broader pattern of Democrats urging the Education Department to take a proactive role in ESSA implementation.

December 02, 2015

Fact Check: Why Did it Take So Long for ESEA to Get Done?

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Republicans obstructed past efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Actually, it's a lot more complicated than that.

November 10, 2015

Cash On and Off the Barrel: Money Matters in ESEA Reauthorization

Title I aid, the largest single federal grant program for public schools, is at the center of many of them, but it's not the only horse on the race track.

July 08, 2015

Sen. Patty Murray to Offer Title IX Amendment to Senate ESEA Rewrite

According to the National Federation of High School Associations, young women have 1.3 million fewer chances to play sports in high school, compared to boys.

June 24, 2015

Senate Schedules Debate on Bipartisan ESEA Reauthorization

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., scheduled the measure for floor debate for July 7, just one day after 10 major education groups joined forces to demand senators prioritize the measure.

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