House Democrats are using an education spending bill to address concerns about arming teachers directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to issue guidance on the issue. Could they have gone further?

A spending bill that would provide nearly $76 billion to the U.S. Department of Education was approved by a key House committee on Wednesday.

Watch the video or read the transcript from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' remarks at the Education Writers Association conference on May 6 in Baltimore.

The right-leaning Heritage Foundation, which supports school choice, worries Betsy DeVos' plan could give the federal government too much influence. One of her top staffers said that concern is overblown.

Charter schools would take a nearly 10 percent cut in the House appropriations bill, a sign that disdain for charter schools has grown as a political force among Democrats.

In March, the California senator and Democratic presidential candidate released a teacher pay proposal. She sought to build her support among educators at a May 6 American Federation of Teachers town hall.

In a Q&A at the Education Writers Association, the education secretary also talked about her school choice initiative and civil rights record.

Candidates that want the National Education Association's seal of approval will have to submit to a video interview and fill out a detailed questionnaire on their views.

Bennet has a long record in education policy. He kicked off his career as Denver schools chief and put his stamp on the Every Student Succeeds Act.

We now have two pretty different visions, one from Donald Trump and one from House Democrats, for what federal education spending should look like for fiscal 2020.

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