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March 26, 2015

Education Amendments Abound in Senate Budget 'Vote-a-Rama'

Senators plan to offer amendments on a range of education policies, including the Common Core State Standards, charter schools, and student loans, to name a few.

March 18, 2015

Senate Budget Blueprint Thin on Education Policy, Funding Details

The U.S. Senate's fiscal 2016 budget proposal would fund the federal government to the tune of $493 billion, keeping in place the across-the-board spending caps under sequestration.

March 17, 2015

House Budget, Short on Education Details, Would Lock In Sequester

The House Republican spending plan includes $493 billion for discretionary spending across the federal government and would make $5.5 trillion in spending reductions in the next 10 years.

March 16, 2015

Graduation Gap Between White, Minority Students is Narrowing, But Persistent

Graduation rates for black students in the 2012-13 school year was 70.7 percent and for Hispanic students was 75.2 percent, but white and Asian/Pacific Islander students still out-performed both other groups.

March 04, 2015

Stand-Off Over Spending Levels for Federal Education Programs Begins

Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged Congress to approve $70.7 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of $3.6 billion over fiscal 2015.

March 02, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Appoints New Head of Philly School Commission

The move comes nearly two weeks after the commission approved five of 39 applications for new charter schools. The governor wanted all the applications denied.

February 05, 2015

U.S. Department of Education Remakes School Improvement Grant Program

States can cook up their own turnaround interventions for low-performing schools using federal SIG dollars and submit them to the U.S. Secretary of Education for approval.

February 02, 2015

White House Budget Proposal Continues Early-Childhood Efforts

The Obama administration's budget request for fiscal 2016 includes a number of initiatives aimed at families and children up to age 5.

February 02, 2015

Obama Budget Seeks Boosts for Early Ed., High Schools, Technology

The fiscal year 2016 budget request of $70.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Education also would include increases for teacher-quality programs and civil rights enforcement.

January 22, 2015

White House Pitches Competitive Grant Program Aimed at Improving Child Care

The Obama administration wants to expand eligibility for child-care programs and bolster quality.

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