October 2019 Archives

For the second straight year, Betsy DeVos lauded Florida for its performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But when it comes to the state's 2019 scores, is that praise from DeVos justified?


Illinois today released its school-by-school spending numbers, a new requirement under ESSA, in a way that experts say other states can learn from.


Could one state's struggles to meet its academic goals under the Every Student Succeeds Act signal trouble in other places in the years ahead?


Tax-credit scholarship programs in 17 states collected $1.1 billion in contributions in 2017, a new analysis from the GAO finds.


Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's education plan landed on Monday, and among other consequences, it led to a conversation about her past statements addressing "vouchers."


A Republican U.S. senator has introduced legislation to address mass violence that address how schools use the internet and active-shooter drills, among other issues.


In an interview with Education Week, Democratic Presidential candidate Julián Castro talked about educational equity, how housing contributes to school segregation, and what he learned substitute teaching at his former high school.


A personal story told by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlights the implacable tension between advocates for traditional public schools and those who back charter schools and vouchers.


In addition to providing a huge new federal investment in Title I and special education, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate wants teachers treated "like the professionals they are."


It may be a slow time for K-12 activity on Capitol Hill, but you can't really same the same about higher education, with competing bills vying for attention in the House and Senate.


A Trump proposal for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program intended to address fraud has angered Democrats, who worry it could cause many students to lose free school meals.


Johnny Collett is leaving his post as assistant secretary for the office of special education and rehabilitative services, where he served for nearly two years.


There's a lot to unpack in a recently rejected proposal to allow the use of ACT or SAT tests for California 11th graders, with lessons for policy makers in other states.


Will education come up in the fourth Democratic debate Tuesday? Here's a reading list to catch you up on K-12 on the 2020 trail.


An executive order signed by President Donald Trump requires guidance from each federal agency to "clearly state that it does not bind the public" except under narrow circumstances.


Arkansas leaders voted to return Little Rock schools to control of a local board after a nearly five-year state takeover. States around the country have wrestled with when to take control of struggling schools, and when to give that control back.


Private consultants will work with charter school networks to assist in opening more of the schools in economically distressed areas under a plan announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Thursday.


Education Reform Now corrects the record to say Florida spends more money on majority nonwhite schools in many of its biggest districts than on majority white schools.


"We're all going to be really disappointed at the first crack at this," Assistant Secretary of Education Jim Blew said about ESSA's required per-student spending reports for each school.


A polling firm associated with a Democratic education advocacy group reports that 61 percent of Democratic primary voters support Obama's education policy, and just 21 percent view it unfavorably.


California Sen. Kamala Harris has given the clearest look yet at her education priorities as a Democratic presidential candidate, in a set of policy proposals calling for boosts in federal education funding, early childhood education, and civil rights enforcement.


To justify his proposal to increase the minimum starting salary for teachers, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said having a "great teacher in front of the students is really the best thing that you can do."


As education politics have grown more divisive at the state and national levels over things like school choice, spending, and civil rights, clashes between Democrats and Republicans become particularly heated.


California school districts will have expanded authority to reject new charter school applications under a set of bills signed into law on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.


Education Week's interactive map tracks U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' school visits. Here's what you can learn from them and from her messaging focus on "education freedom."


Officials have not done enough to prevent fraud in Head Start programs, the GAO said. The findings prompted Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., the ranking member of the House education and labor committee, to call for a hearing on the federally funded preschool program for low-income children.


The numbers represent a decline in the Education Department's favorability ratings on the Pew Research Center's latest poll, but they're still higher than late in the Obama administration.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway promoted Education Freedom Scholarships at an event Oct. 1, but didn't sound particularly sanguine about the plan's chances.


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