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March 18, 2018

Betsy DeVos Is About to Defend Her Budget. Keep These Three Things in Mind

On Tuesday morning, DeVos will pitch the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget plan for the Department of Education to the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees federal money for K-12.

February 13, 2018

How Would Trump's Latest Proposed School Choice Initiative Work?

Once again, the Trump administration has made expanded school choice the signature initiative in its education budget proposal. But the details in the fiscal 2019 spending blueprint deserve some clarification.

February 12, 2018

Trump Seeks to Cut Education Budget by 5 Percent, Expand School Choice Push

The president wants $1 billion for new public and private school choice programs, but also wants to eliminate Title II and after-school programs, in his fiscal 2019 budget pitch.

January 23, 2018

Education Funding Advocates Fear Federal School Aid Will Lose Out

Funding for the U.S. Department of Education could go up in a final fiscal 2018 budget deal, but education funding advocates are worried that K-12 and other domestic programs could lose out to defense spending.

November 30, 2017

How Yet Another Government Shutdown Showdown Could Impact Schools

If lawmakers don't take some kind of action by Dec. 8, major parts of the government—including the U.S. Department of Education—will grind to a halt.

November 09, 2017

Senate Tax Bill Ends Deductions for State and Local Taxes, Classroom Supplies

A national teachers' union says the House bill would jeopardize nearly $250 billion in education funding over the next decade, but the Senate bill could put even more pressure on revenue for schools.

November 02, 2017

Teacher Deduction for Classroom Expenses Scrapped in GOP Tax Bill

The bill would let families use up to $10,000 from 529 college savings plans for K-12 expenses, including private school tuition, but would scrap state and local income and sales tax deductions.

September 28, 2017

Why Spending on Schools Could Take a Hit Through the GOP Tax Proposal

The Republican framework for tax reform reportedly calls for the elimination of the state and local deduction available to taxpayers.

September 27, 2017

GOP Tax Proposal Silent on Private School Choice Boost, For Now

The GOP's "Unified Framework for Fixing a Broken Tax Code" does not mention any tax credit for donations to groups sponsoring scholarships to private schools.

September 20, 2017

Here's What the Latest Push to Repeal Obamacare Could Mean for Schools

Like previous recent efforts to overhaul health care and ditch Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation would significantly impact the $4 billion in Medicaid money schools receive annually.

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