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August 05, 2014

Education Department Nominees Stuck Waiting for Congressional Confirmation

Congress left town for its August recess last week without filling a number of key positions at the U.S. Department of Education. That means some folks are stuck with "acting" at the start of their title, and other positions are just plain vacant.

June 25, 2014

Senate to Vote on Workforce Training Bill; Harkin Unveils Higher Education Plans

The bipartisan workforce training bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate, and Senate Democrats plan to unveil their proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

May 22, 2014

Clash in Congress Continues Over School Meal Rules

Senate panel's amendment includes a plan to provide training for schools to comply with student nutrition standards.

February 06, 2014

Harkin: A High-Quality Early-Education Program Will Cost Money

Federal early-childhood education programs aren't doing nearly enough to meet a tidal wave of demand at the state level, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said at a congressional hearing.

November 13, 2013

House and Senate Preschool Bills: A Guide to the Latest Proposal

Despite bipartisan backing, a pre-K measure that would cost more than $30 billion in federal funds over its first five years faces big hurdles in a Congress consumed with budget cutting.

November 07, 2013

How Are Lawmakers, Education Advocates Fighting Sequestration?

A rally on Capitol Hill aimed to fire up advocates who have just weeks to make their case against across-the-board budget cuts before a congressional panel makes its own recommendations.

December 19, 2012

Mikulski to Head Up Appropriations Panel

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who had a shot at the job, will stay on as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

November 08, 2011

ESEA Bill Gets Day in Sun at Senate Hearing

A chief Democratic sponsor of the measure cast it as an important, but imperfect compromise, while Republicans said it wouldn't do enough to rein in the federal role in education.

November 07, 2011

ESEA Bill Poised for Hearing, But Will it Gain Senate Traction?

A bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces a crowded Senate calendar worry over some provisions, as some keep an eye on the House.

October 19, 2011

ESEA Markup Paused Due to Sen. Paul Procedural Objection

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says lawmakers haven't had enough time to digest the more-than 800-page bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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