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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.

May 14, 2020

Want to Help Public Schools? Give Private Schools COVID-19 Relief, Groups Declare

Want to help out public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic? There's a way to do that while also providing critical relief for private schools too, advocacy groups have told congressional leaders.

May 06, 2020

Top Education Watchdog Says Lessons From Stimulus Will Apply to COVID-19 Aid

Lessons learned from Education Department oversight of the 2009 federal stimulus will apply to monitoring CARES Act money for mismanagement and fraud, the office of inspector general said.

March 24, 2020

How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.

March 17, 2020

Key Senator Opposes DeVos' Plan for Teacher PD Vouchers

The creation of vouchers for teachers' professional development "violates both the spirit and intent" of federal law, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. says in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

March 05, 2020

Senators Press DeVos for Specifics on How Schools Should Handle Coronavirus

As communities around the country record new cases of coronavirus, schools are grappling with tough questions about how to respond, senators told U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Thursday.

February 27, 2020

At Heated Budget Hearing, Betsy DeVos Denies Seeking to 'Privatize' Education

While the education secretary said traditional spending and programs in education had only produced "sad results," Democrats on a House subcommittee sharply criticized the Trump administration's approach to the budget, charter schools, and civil rights.

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