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June 19, 2019

House Approves Record-High Spending Figure for the Education Department

Teachers' unions and school advocacy groups have applauded the House spending bill for the U.S. Department of Education. But there's a long way to go before final funding figures are set for key K-12 programs.

June 17, 2019

Congressman Who Sought to Scrap Education Dept. Wants End to Gun-Free School Zones Act

The Gun-Free School Zones Act was championed by 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden, but a Kentucky Republican says it too often leaves children vulnerable.

June 05, 2019

Education Department Unveils Disaster-Response Team as Aid Bill Heads to Trump

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.

June 04, 2019

House Passes Bill to Protect 'Dreamers.' The White House Has Threatened a Veto

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.

May 17, 2019

Transgender Students, Athletics, Bullying: What the Equality Act Would Mean for Schools

Supporters of the bill say it would extend critical civil rights protections to more students. But opponents say it ignores parents' rights in schools and could lead to confusing situations for some children.

May 09, 2019

Democrats in Congress Hate Arming Teachers. Did They Miss a Chance to Curtail It?

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?

May 08, 2019

Democrats Advance Bill to Spend Billions More on Schools. Is It Doomed to Fail?

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.

May 07, 2019

Democrats Seek to Cut $40 Million From Federal Aid to Charter Schools

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.

April 14, 2019

School Integration Champions Say Broad Support on Capitol Hill Is Possible

Supporters for curtailing racial and socioeconomic segregation in American public schools say the federal government should take an active role in funding, oversight, and in other areas.

March 24, 2019

Three Things to Watch for When DeVos Defends Trump's Budget to Congress

House Democrats, who took control of their chamber at the start of this year, will be eager to grill Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the president's proposal to cut her budget, and more.

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