Hundreds of applications were received for the White House Commencement Challenge, according to the Obama administration.

So will lawmakers and the administration reach some sort of agreement on a short- or long-term spending plan, or will the feds shut down? Your guess is as good as ours. While we're all waiting to find out, make your official guess in this poll: Of course, even if there is a shutdown, the feds can't close forever. There will eventually be some kind of a deal and we'll be watching to see if it's close to the $5 billion in cuts to the Department of Education's budget that the House GOP was aiming for, or if President Barack Obama ...

If the government shuts down, the Education Department will keep 271 employees working next week—mostly those who are responsible for student loans and auditing stimulus spending, according to a new contingency plan.

The ESEA hearing seemed like a big bipartisan love feat compared to the sniping from both sides of the aisle on the budget.

Colleges and universities would not be able to disburse work-study and Perkins Loan payments to students if the federal government shuts down after Friday's deadline.

The Obama administration has not addressed questions about the effect of a shutdown on student loans and other Education Department programs.

A leading House Republican's plan for long-term spending includes cutting back spending to pre-stimulus levels.

Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would cut the $119 million Teaching American History program and the $100 million Educational Tech State Grants.

Congressional groups join civil rights activists to call for continued subgroup accountability in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Salary Comparability could find its way into the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, thanks to a pair of bills being introduced in Congress today.

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