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December 15, 2014

GOP Senate Aides Working on Draft ESEA Bill That Could Ditch Annual Testing

That's an idea that's likely to prove popular with education organizations, especially teachers' unions.

December 15, 2014

Congress Tweaks School Improvement Grants, i3 in Spending Bill

Lawmakers want the School Improvement Grant program to be more flexible for states. And they want to see the Investing in Innovation grant program focused on high schools.

December 12, 2014

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to Take Top Democratic Spot on Education Panel

Education advocates will be pleased to know that her top priorities for the committee include reauthorizing the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law.

December 12, 2014

Sen. Tom Harkin Uses Farewell Speech to Uphold Disability Rights

The Democrat from Iowa has been instrumental in several laws related to education and employment of people with disabilities over his 40 years in Congress.

December 11, 2014

House Education Committee Welcomes New Republican Members

Only one of the eight new GOP members of the House education panel have any real education policy experience.

December 10, 2014

White House Kicks Off Summit on Early-Childhood Education

Early childhood education may be a bipartisan issue across the country, but the federal government can't seem to match that momentum, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

December 10, 2014

Spending Bill Would Fund Preschool Grants, But Not Race to Top

Overall, the U.S. Department of Education would be funded to the tune of $70.5 billion, a slight $133 million decrease from fiscal 2014.

December 09, 2014

Education Research Bill Will Have to Wait for 2015

If you were hoping that Congress would add the Education Sciences Reform Act to the list of bills it will pass during this short lame duck session, you're going to be disappointed.

December 09, 2014

Legislation Would Help States Rethink Testing Systems, Pare Back Tests

The bill would allow states and districts to funnel federal resources into rethinking the number and types of tests they require.

December 08, 2014

White House Nutrition Expert Departs as Congress Ponders School Lunch Regs

The House is expected to unveil a spending bill Tuesday that could include policy riders that soften the Obama administration's school lunch regulations.

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