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January 06, 2020

When National Security Threats Influence Education Policy and Politics

A new research study, released just a few days before the U.S. military killed a top Iranian military commander and escalated international tensions, looked at connections between sudden national security crises and education policymaking in Washington.

December 17, 2019

Congress Mostly Snubs DeVos Agenda in Deal Increasing Education Spending

Federal lawmakers have struck a spending deal that would boost funding for the U.S. Department of Education to $72.8 billion, but ignores Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' Education Freedom Scholarship proposal.

December 11, 2019

Proposed Boost for Teachers' Tax Deduction Is Back, But Faces Long Odds

Legislation in the House to alter the federal tax code would double the deduction teachers can take for spending their own money on classroom supplies. But don't assume it will actually cross the finish line.

December 09, 2019

Trump Says He's Fighting for the 'Forgotten Child,' Touts Education Choice Bill

President Donald Trump held White House event to promote school choice and to urge Congress to consider a $5 billion federal tax-credit scholarship program.

December 04, 2019

What's in a Bipartisan Pitch to Simplify the FAFSA

The proposal to simplify the FAFSA represents possible progress for those hoping that Congress will make it easier for K-12 students to make the transition to higher education

December 02, 2019

Don't Let Vaping Kids Be 'Guinea Pigs' for Big Tobacco, Congress Members Tell Trump

Members of a bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic urged President Trump to follow through his promise to take action to address the spread of youth vaping.

October 23, 2019

Senator's Anti-Violence Bill Backs Active-Shooter Training, School Internet Monitoring

A Republican U.S. senator has introduced legislation to address mass violence that address how schools use the internet and active-shooter drills, among other issues.

October 16, 2019

Trump Official Defends Plan Affecting School Meals to Skeptical Democrats

A Trump proposal for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program intended to address fraud has angered Democrats, who worry it could cause many students to lose free school meals.

October 01, 2019

Is Trump's Team Pessimistic About Its Big Education Plan's Chances? This Could Be Why

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway promoted Education Freedom Scholarships at an event Oct. 1, but didn't sound particularly sanguine about the plan's chances.

September 19, 2019

How Democrats and the GOP in Congress Compare on Education Funding

This Congress is the first in four years to feature divided political control, and it shows in how they've approached U.S. Department of Education spending in 2019.

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