Kent Talbert, who served in the U.S. Department of Education under President George W. Bush, has been tapped as a senior policy adviser to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The Trump administration is said to be seriously considering incorporating the Education Department's office of innovation and improvement into its broader office of elementary and secondary education.
Funding for the U.S. Department of Education could go up in a final fiscal 2018 budget deal, but education funding advocates are worried that K-12 and other domestic programs could lose out to defense spending.
A stop-gap funding bill passed by Congress includes long-term money for the popular Childrens Health Insurance Program, but advocates wonder why it took so long.
Although the government was on track to reopen on Monday after a brief shutdown, issues underlying behind it, specifically the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, haven't been resolved by the deal, which lasts until Feb. 8.
A short-term federal government shutdown means a much quieter U.S. Department of Education headquarters than usual, but not much immediate effect on most school districts.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has the thumbs-up to ESSA plans from Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, and New Hampshire.
It is unclear if all states have implemented ESSA's requirement to provide transportation as needed for students in foster care, a report from the Chronicle of Social Change found.
Jim Blew, Kenneth L. Marcus, and Mick Zais got the OK from the Senate education committee for positions under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
DeVos and lawmakers didn't offer specifics about how they might get new choice legislation over the finish line in an election year that's expected to be tough for Republicans.