Last week, we reported on key aspects of the spending bill that was approved by the House panel overseeing education funding, such as the increases for the Title IV block grant and special education.

The Democratic platform would affirm parents' right to opt children out of tests and call for an end to test-based teacher evaluations, according to those who have seen excerpts.

In 2009, following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., a longtime K-12 policy leader, Bayh was mentioned as someone who could fill the void on education issues.

If parents want their children to be prepared for a diverse workforce, they should help bolster diversity in schools, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., told the National PTA Friday.

When it comes to putting out a comprehensive plan on K-12 education, Hillary Clinton circa 2008 was way ahead of the 2016 version. And Donald Trump is behind other recent GOP nominees on that score.

"We need to invest more in prevention than in punishment, to invest more in schools, not prisons," states U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

The National Education Association and Sen. Lamar Alexander have developed a good working relationship, resulting in several legislative wins, including the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The panel's top Democrat said the bill would cut or eliminate more than a dozen programs, despite bipartisan reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The bipartisan measure aims to better align CTE programs with the economy, focus more on disadvantaged students, and boost transparency and accountability for these programs.

The House committee that oversees education spending released legislation Wednesday that would cut the U.S. Department of Education's overall budget by $1.3 billion overall, or nearly 2 percent.

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