Viral stories about school lunch debt have given the 2020 Democratic candidates an opportunity to link an issue that resonates with regular people to their policy proposals.
Hundreds of districts are still climbing out of the recession but many more may decide to boost teachers' pay, pay down debt or address deferred maintenance costs.
Several states this year sought to replace their funding formulas, a monumental fiscal and political feat, but only a handful of legislatures have been able to get proposals to their governors' desks.
Charter schools are playing a notable role in remarks about education from candidates like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Yet it's not clear what if any role they'll have in important states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
A look at the two major political parties' platforms since the first charter school law was passed shows how Democrats' positions on school choice have evolved, including increased calls for accountability.
You're a Democrat Who Opposes Vouchers. But You Benefited From Private Schools. Are You a Hypocrite?
Democratic candidates are quick to denounce vouchers and private school choice. Yet many went to private schools or have sent their kids there. How much should that matter to voters?
The new response unit will be dedicated full-time to helping schools recover from things like hurricanes and wildfires, Assistant Secretary of Education Frank Brogan told a House education subcommittee.
Months after a teacher strike in Los Angeles, voters defeated a measure that would have put millions of dollars into the city's school system.
The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would provide protections for 2.5 million people, including undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
Legislation in the Mountaineer State would pack a one-two punch of permitting charter schools and banning teacher strikes. But ultimate success or failure and impact on local schools, remain unclear.