What had been a relatively calm legislative process produced a more-passionate debate over a pair of dueling amendments on harassment and bullying, particularly of LGBT students.
Montana has just decided to make testing under the Smarter Balanced assessment optional, after some serious technical glitches.
The GOP-controlled committee on Wednesday morning approved amendments by Democrats on issues including expanding access to STEM subjects and letting states use funding to create teacher and principal academies.
Senators punted on more than a dozen controversial amendments on the first day of marking up a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Clinton counts herself a fan of dual enrollment programs' role in preparing students for college, and says there hasn't been enough investment in education.
Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Patty Murray, D-Wash., have the difficult task of preserving the compromise bill they spent two months crafting.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who announced his candidacy for president Monday, is the third pro-school-choice, common-core-skeptical Republican senator to throw his hat in the ring.
Districts expect that financial considerations will be the biggest hurdle in sustaining Race to the Top reforms.
The measure plays to Republican sensibilities by allowing states to better coordinate federal education programs that already exist, including Head Start and the Child Care Development Block Grant and the Preschool Development Grant programs.
Education organizations are writing to the Senate education committee and pushing out policy critiques of the bipartisan No Child Left Behind rewrite in an effort to highlight their specific priorities for the legislation.