The Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act and the Strength in Diversity Act represent prominent education proposals from Democrats, but the GOP-run Senate is likely to ignore them.
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia provide "no clear public health criteria" for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, a research center's analysis finds.
The U.S. Department of Education says a rule on how public schools share COVID-19 aid with private school students is no longer in effect after it was struck down by a federal court.
The White House has instructed federal agencies to identify employee training on issues like "critical race theory" and "white privilege." The Education Department is reportedly conducting such a review.
The coronavirus relief proposal unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday includes school choice measures, but no additional federal assistance to state and local governments. Democratic leaders called it "emaciated."
A federal judge struck down a rule that required public schools to direct a larger share of coronavirus relief to private schools.
The tests required by federal law are crucial to helping schools respond to the coronavirus pandemic and help vulnerable students, the education secretary said in a letter to chief state school officers.
"Donald Trump and Secretary DeVos haven't stepped up," Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said of the administration's reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
By comparison, traditional public schools have received roughly $13 billion in federal coronavirus relief, although many in the K-12 field believe more aid is necessary.
The extensions will let schools and community groups continue feeding students with fewer restrictions than typical under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.