The two new initiatives are part of the "Every Student, Every Day" campaign begun under President Barack Obama last year to bolster attendance.
The Every Student Succeeds Act won't be fully in place until the 2017-18 school year, when a new president and most likely, education secretary will be in charge.
The authors of the Every Student Succeeds Act tried to pare down the number of Education Department staff, but President Barack Obama apparently has other ideas.
The pediatric neurosurgeon and GOP presidential candidate has a plan touching on school choice and local control, but has also made waves his comments on school funding and other matters.
Clinton wants to encourage schools to create "School Climate Support Teams" in districts where a lot of kids are suspended or arrested in school.
Less than half of the officials who have led the department since its inception in 1980 were full-time K-12 classroom teachers at one point in their careers.
Previous iterations of the $1 billion grant program haven't been well received by Congress, though.
Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. may not be "acting" in his role much longer. President Barack Obama officially nominated King for the post.
In general, the leading candidates attended public school themselves, with a couple of notable exceptions. And in general, the candidates tended to send their own children to private or religious schools.
House education committee members make clear they'll be keeping a close eye on states and the Education Department as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.