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April 16, 2015

Restraint and Seclusion, Gifted Education Among Amendments to ESEA Bill

States would have to develop plans to prevent unnecessary restraint and seclusion in schools, and the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education program would be reauthorized under the pending ESEA rewrite.

April 16, 2015

Senate Education Committee Unanimously Passes Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite

On the third day of its markup, the committee approved three amendments that focused on the funding formula for Title II, which deals with issues like teacher preparation.

April 16, 2015

Arne Duncan Talks K-12 Cuts, Early Ed. at Senate Hearing

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warned lawmakers that cuts to education programs could hurt efforts to close the achievement gap for disadvantaged children.

April 15, 2015

Senate Ed. Committee Spars Over Bullying Prevention in ESEA Rewrite; Nears Finish

What had been a relatively calm legislative process produced a more-passionate debate over a pair of dueling amendments on harassment and bullying, particularly of LGBT students.

April 15, 2015

Home-Visiting, Children's Health Insurance Programs Reauthorized

Approval of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by the U.S. Senate comes as advocates are focusing on early education as a bipartisan issue.

April 15, 2015

Senate Education Committee Continues Beating Bipartisan Drum on ESEA

The GOP-controlled committee on Wednesday morning approved amendments by Democrats on issues including expanding access to STEM subjects and letting states use funding to create teacher and principal academies.

April 14, 2015

At ESEA Markup, Senate Committee Wrestles With Title I Amendments

Senators punted on more than a dozen controversial amendments on the first day of marking up a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

April 14, 2015

Senate Ed. Committee Marking Up ESEA Rewrite: Study the Amendments

Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Patty Murray, D-Wash., have the difficult task of preserving the compromise bill they spent two months crafting.

April 13, 2015

Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite Likely to Strengthen Early Education

During Tuesday's Senate education committee, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member and co-author of the bill, will offer an amendment to strengthen early-childhood education--and it looks like she has the Republican support needed to do so.

April 13, 2015

Early Education Will Likely Be Strengthened in Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite

The measure plays to Republican sensibilities by allowing states to better coordinate federal education programs that already exist, including Head Start and the Child Care Development Block Grant and the Preschool Development Grant programs.

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