December 2018 Archives

Here are some Politics K-12 headlines involving Trump, DeVos, yachts, Netflix, and camping you probably won't see in 2019.

The Forest Management for Rural Stability Act, would create a permanent fund for the federal Secure Rural Schools Program.

Relive some of our most popular and engaging stories of the year about education spending, teachers, and a certain chat between Betsy DeVos and Lesley Stahl.

The 2014 guidance aimed at addressing disparities in school discipline involving black and Latino students had been in the Trump administration's cross hairs for some time.

Attention state officials: Thinking about applying for the Every Student Succeeds Act's Innovative Assessment pilot? You don't have to pick just one exam for your test drive. But you do have to end up with a single test in the end.

The Every Student Succeeds Act allows up to seven states to try out new kinds of tests in a handful of districts before taking them statewide.

The Federal Commission on School Safety wants to get rid of Obama-era school discipline guidance, encourage districts to arm certain school personnel, make schools "harder" targets, and more.

In addition to serving as the chairman of the Senate education committee, Alexander previously served as secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, as well as governor of Tennessee. He was a chief architect of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

A federal panel led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School promised to have its report out by year's end.

The Congressional Budget Office's "Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028" looks at the savings from shrinking or eliminating a variety of programs, including many focused on children.

Democratic Senator-elect Jacky Rosen will join the committee next Congress, while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will leave it.

The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 also requires information on how many children come into contact with the juvenile-justice system through school-related incidents.

Thanks to the midterm elections, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is set to take over the House education committee, and civil rights groups have a significant list of demands.

The U.S. Department of Education ranks dead last among mid-size federal agencies when it comes to job satisfaction, according to the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" report, released by the Partnership for Public Service.

The U.S. Department of Education neither confirmed nor denied the story. "The Federal Commission on School Safety has studied this topic extensively and will make a recommendation on it in its final report," said Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for DeVos.

States are beginning to release lists of schools that need extra help under ESSA, and there's a particular group of schools that experts are watching closely: Additional Targeted Schools.

An advocacy group representing school superintendents says the Trump administration proposal would place a greater and unfair burden on schools to provide health and other services.

The Data Quality Campaign, a Washington-based advocacy organization, reported that 58 percent of parents said they had checked out their child's school report card in the past year.

In addition to increasing funding for a Department of Justice policing program, the House lawmakers' bill would set aside a share of the department's grants for school resource officer pay and benefits.

A new report calls for partnerships between schools and business to bolster work-based learning, helping students learn STEM concepts through project-based learning, and boosting digital literacy.

The United States has signed an agreement with Switzerland to encourage businesses, policymakers, and educators in both countries to champion apprenticeship programs.

Federal education funding is on the rise—but there are disparities in which states are reaping the most benefits.

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