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September 25, 2020

Judge Orders Census Bureau to Keep Counting. Here's Why That Matters for Schools

Accurate census data is tied to billions of dollars of federal education aid. A federal judge told officials this week that they can't shorten the timeline for the count.

August 22, 2020

Judge Issues Blistering Injunction Against Betsy DeVos' Coronavirus Aid Rule

The injunction in federal court about private school students represents a win for public school advocates in a bitter dispute over federal COVID-19 relief.

August 10, 2020

Schools Rely on the Census. A Rushed Count Threatens Its Accuracy, Groups Warn

Child advocacy groups have warned that an abbreviated Census schedule threatens to jeopardize the accuracy of the count, which is crucial for schools.

August 03, 2020

House Approves Bill With $716 Million Increase to Federal Education Spending

The Democrat-controlled House has approved a $716 million increase for the U.S. Department of Education in the next fiscal year, but there's a long way to go before a final spending deal is reached.

July 27, 2020

GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

The Senate Republican bill, which includes $70 billion for K-12 schools, isn't expected to become law but sets parameters for tricky coronavirus relief negotiations with Democrats.

July 10, 2020

Fact Check: Trump Lacks Clear Power to Deliver on Threats to 'Cut Off' School Aid

Due to federal education law and other factors, President Donald Trump's repeated warnings that he could cut off funding to schools that don't restart in-person classes might go nowhere.

July 09, 2020

Trump Team Reinforces Tying Federal Money to School Reopenings

The flurry of statements from Trump administration officials about how schools must restart in-person instruction has created confusion and blowback.

July 07, 2020

House Bill Would Boost K-12 Aid by Over $500 Million, but Cut Charter School Fund

The spending bill for the next fiscal year from House Democrats would increase spending on a host of Education Department programs, but don't expect a deal on the federal budget for at least a few months.

July 06, 2020

What to Watch for in Any New Coronavirus Bailout for Schools

Schools are at the epicenter of America's anxiety, making it more likely that Congress will approve a new coronavirus bailout for schools. Here are 10 potential key elements of a COVID bailout.

May 20, 2020

Lawmakers Tell Betsy DeVos Her COVID-19 Guidance Is 'Robbing Public Schools'

Three Democratic lawmakers told Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to get rid of her guidance about coronavirus relief and private schools, as tensions around the issue escalated.

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