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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is throwing her weight behind new legislation to establish a new federal tax credit to expand choice, a senior department official said.


Democrats have made clear their deep concerns about the practice; experts say that while the use of restraint and seclusion is rare in public schools, the practices disproportionately impact students with disabilities.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came into office saying she wanted to slim down the federal role on K-12. By at least one metric, she's delivered.


Democrats are hoping to capitalize on interest in repairing and upgrading school facilities by moving the bill along quickly, but it still faces a difficult path ahead.


Proposals to expand services providing child care and early learning could be a popular go-to for Democrats as the presidential primary campaign heats up.


Could a president declare a national emergency on the achievement gap? Teacher shortages? Or the long-term economic impact of not preparing enough students for the jobs of the future?


The island's teachers' union says decisions about changing traditional public schools to charters are being made in the dark, but the education secretary says that's a misinterpretation of the process.


More than $500 million in funding for construction projects at schools serving the children of military personnel could be in jeopardy, says an analysis circulated by the House Appropriations Committee.


Medicaid spending is the third-largest source of federal funds for K-12, but a national group representing superintendents says the program can do better.


Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, who made college-debt a centerpiece of his ultimately unsuccessful 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, announced that he's running for president, again.


Ten years ago this week, then-President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included education funding that amounts to almost double the U.S. Department of Education's budget.


As governor of Massachusetts, Weld signed the state's landmark Education Reform Act, which sought to bolster standards and accountability while providing a substantial boost to public schools spending


The nonprofit group Education Leads Home analyzed data from 26 states and found that 64 percent of homeless students graduate from high school, compared to a national average of 77.6 percent for low-income students, and 84.1 percent for all students.


The U.S. Department of Education Tuesday sought to clear up confusion about school privacy laws by releasing a new frequently-asked-questions document that puts previous guidance and technical help on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act all in one place.


Democrats and their witnesses stressed the need for more funding for teacher salary increases and school infrastructures, but Republicans were skeptical this approach would help students.


In a campaign rally for his father, the president's eldest son told young conservatives to "Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. ... You can think for yourselves. They can't.


The senior senator from Minnesota, a Democrat, has also highlighted special education and youth voter registration during her time on Capitol Hill.


Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren have taken positions in the past about issues such as school choice and criminal justice that might not match up neatly with many Democratic primary voters' preferences.


The president's plea to Congress in his State of the Union address was devoid of details, Which means that if Congress even sneezes in the direction of choice, Trump and his team may be able to claim victory.


President Donald Trump used his second State of the Union address to call on Congress to pass new school choice legislation and paid family leave for new parents.


President Donald Trump has invited a 6th-grade student from Wilmington, Del., to sit in first lady Melania Trump's box during Tuesday's annual address to Congress.


A key coalition of civil rights groups is urging state education chiefs to continue to get community input on their plans and make sure students of color, among others, aren't being ignored.


In his 2018 State of the Union address, President Donald Trump barely mentioned education. Potential mentions this year: school safety, school choice, infrastructure, and more.


Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Patty Murray, and Rep. Bobby Scott have told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that the replacement inspector general could have conflicts of interests.


Booker has supported vouchers in the past, but he voted to reject Betsy DeVos' nomination for education secretary in 2017.


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