December 2016 Archives

Catherine E. Lhamon, the Education Department's current assistant secretary for civil rights, was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in December and was selected by its members to be chairwoman.

The list of our most popular blog posts for the outgoing year is dominated by Republican President-elect Donald Trump, who didn't talk much about education during his campaign for president.

South Carolina GOP Rep. Mick Mulvaney could have a significant impact on federal public school policy in a few ways as head of the Office of Management and Budget.

Winners in the latest round of federal grants include a college in Kentucky, a health-care nonprofit group in Mississippi, and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in California.

Getting vouchers through Congress might be a very tough sell, but there are a few approaches Washington could take to expand private school choice in some fashion.

Folks in edu-Washington who have worked for either former President George W. Bush, or former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, are volunteering Trump's education team.

The House Freedom Caucus posted a list of "recommended list of regulations to remove" in the first 100 days of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

ESSA includes provisions that President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary could use to promote public school choice, such as virtual learning, and charter schools.

King's year-long tenure has been marked by big fights between different groups, all of whom consider themselves advocates of public education.

In a Dec. 12 letter, the five Democrats single out All Children Matter, the PAC founded and previously led by DeVos, for not paying the outstanding 2008 fine in Ohio.

In filling agency posts, DeVos could tap people she knows and has worked with in Michigan advocacy and political circles, including at the American Federation for Children.

The Obama administration's teacher-preparation regulations under the Higher Education Act and its accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act could be headed for the trash heap.

The grant competition announced Tuesday would give up to 20 school districts the opportunity to craft roadmaps for increasing student diversity and get started on those plans.

In a joint letter to governors and chief state school officers, they say "The challenge going forward is to devise accountability systems that raise the ceiling as well as the floor."

How Trump and DeVos (if she is confirmed by the Senate) will handle civil rights issues at the Education Department has been one of the major questions surrounding her.

School choice isn't easy to do in the rural states and communities that played such a large part in the President-elect's Electoral College victory.

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, doubled down on her promise to localize education, boost choice and "end" the common-core standards.

Betsy DeVos, who Donald Trump has picked to lead the U.S. Department Education, has a long and controversial record of advocating for school choice nationally, but especially in her home state of Michigan.

The Education Department's office for civil rights, which got 16,720 complaints in fiscal 2016, has taken heat from Republicans in Congress and others about its guidance and enforcement approach.

A short-term budget deal to keep the government running addresses the water contamination in cities like Flint, Mich., but does not otherwise contain significant changes for education.

The Obama administration released regulations governing how testing is supposed to work under ESSA, and announced $8 million in new assessment grants.

The new set of materials includes a guide for those leaving juvenile-justice facilities, a toolkit for administators and other educators to assist youth in the juvenile-justice system.

DeVos would be the first person to lead the department in its more than 35-year history who hasn't been either attended public schools or sent her own children to them. Does that matter? It depends on who you ask.

Last year, Republicans on Capitol Hill and a range of school groups teamed up to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act. But a school voucher push may divide them.

The North Carolina Republican, who takes a dim view of federal involvement in education policy, will replace Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who is retiring.

Some are worried about the enforcement of various civil rights issues by President-elect Donald Trump, but others say the office has overstepped its bounds under President Barack Obama.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, hosted its annual summit in Washington, focusing this year on the Every Student Succeeds Act.

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education and her husband, Dick DeVos Jr., have been big-time donors to Republican candidates and groups.

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