December 2017 Archives

"Congress Approves $20 Billion Voucher Program With AFT's Backing" and other education stories you likely won't see in 2018.

ESSA feedback from DeVos' team has come at a rapid pace this month, with California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas among the states to get critiques of their plans from the department.

Our most-read posts from 2017 included news about Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearings, changes to Every Student Succeeds Act guidelines, and a golden oldie: the Common Core State Standards.

Arkansas, California, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas need to make some big improvements to their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act features shake-ups to how state and local taxes are treated, changes to savings plans that let them be used for private school, and more.

Overall, 67 percent of those surveyed by the Education Week Research Center had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, but 72 percent said they didn't like DeVos.

All five states have work to do on the nuts-and-bolts of their ESSA accountability plans, the Trump education department says.

The Education Department's budget request includes terms like "evidence-based," "vulnerable", and "diversity," at least three of the seven words the Center for Disease Control has been reportedly banned from using.

Millions of children and families may be left in limbo if Congress does not fund the Children's Health Insurance Program by the end of the calendar year.

Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington, West Virginia, have some big improvements to make on their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Are private schools poised to benefit at the expense of low-income students, thanks to the GOP tax bill? One supporter of school choice says yes.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled that a provision in the GOP tax bill giving a tax advantage to money saved for home schooling costs violated Senate rules.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos highlighted public, charter, religious, and home schooling Tuesday in a wide-ranging summit about how to "Rethink K-12 Education."

State plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act don't do enough to make sure schools are held accountable for the performance of historically disadvantaged groups of students, the advocacy group says.

Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming are the latest states to receive feedback on their plans for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The biggest change for schools in the GOP tax reform plan involves state and local taxes and could have a significant impact on school funding. Here's how.

After extensive negotiations, a congressional conference committee has agreed to a final tax reform bill that could impact state and local funding and teachers' pocketbooks, as well as school choice.

Both states and Puerto Rico have some work to do to improve their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

A former staffer for Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott, the top Democrat on the House education committee, alleged in news conference that he made inappropriate sexual advances to her several years ago.

U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos and her team will be taking a second look at regulations for the part of the Every Student Succeeds Act that deals with accountability, testing, standards, and more.

Thursday marked five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Asked about how to prevent such incidents in the future, Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded by discussing efforts to tighten border security.

Maryland's plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act needs improvement when it comes to identifying low-performing schools, setting goals, and more, the U.S. Department of Education says.

Nearly every state included some sort of strategy to beef up career readiness in its plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to

"Educator Political Perceptions: A National Survey" is a just-released poll of the nation's educators from the Education Week Research Center.

Democrats attempted unsuccessfully to restore provisions governing teacher preparation into the GOP-backed PROSPER Act, as well as grant and loan programs that involve teachers.

States fell short on setting goals, figuring how to fix struggling schools, and making school ratings systems understandable to parents, a Bellwether Education Partners analysis concluded.

President Donald Trump has tapped Frank Brogan, who served as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's lieutenant governor, as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education.

Lawmakers say they support the program for children who aren't covered by Medicaid, but they haven't come up with a funding plan since federal funds ran out Sept. 30.

The Minnesota Democrat and member of the Senate education committee announced Wednesday that he was stepping down in the face of allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women.

School districts wondering about the legal implications of a major special education court case now have some help from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Republican bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would end two types of loan forgiveness that teachers can currently use, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos used the PIRLS results to make the case that American education needs a shake-up. Meanwhile, her reaction to the increase in graduation rates was more muted, especially compared to the Obama administration's.

Among those saying the Minnesota Democrat should step down in light of sexual harassment allegations is Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member of the Senate education committee.

Democrats on the Senate education committee had some tough questions for President Donald Trump's picks to head up civil rights and special education policy at the U.S. Department of Education.

On Dec. 1, we spoke with the island's Secretary of Education Julia Keleher about the state of K-12 there, and she gave us an update.

The Senate's passage of a tax overhaul bill featured some late-night, dramatic moments concerning school choice, religious instruction, and a private college linked to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The Senate's version of a tax overhaul package contains potential changes for how teachers do their taxes, for state and local education funding, and other issues related to schools.

A House bill contains significant changes to how high school students apply for federal aid for college, as well as the information about colleges provided by the federal government to prospective students and their families.

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