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July 07, 2020

Congress' Think Tank Casts Doubt on DeVos Push to Aid Private School Students

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' push to direct coronavirus relief to private school students in general doesn't match "the most straightforward reading" of the CARES Act, according to the Congressional Research Service.

July 07, 2020

House Bill Would Boost K-12 Aid by Over $500 Million, but Cut Charter School Fund

The spending bill for the next fiscal year from House Democrats would increase spending on a host of Education Department programs, but don't expect a deal on the federal budget for at least a few months.

July 02, 2020

Trump Team Signals Support for More School Relief, Private School Choice Plan

As Trump officials voiced support for additional aid for K-12 schools, opponents criticized a report that the White House will push for a private school choice plan in the next relief package.

June 30, 2020

Democrats Push Big Education and Child Care Virus Relief Packages

There's growing pressure for schools to resume in-person instruction this fall as concerns intensify about school closures' impact on children, parents, and the economy.

June 30, 2020

CDC Will Provide Virus-Testing Guidance for Schools as Pressure to Reopen Grows

Schools may be out for the summer, but the heat is on for them to reopen in less than two months. The CDC director told U.S senators schools will soon get guidance to help them achieve that goal.

June 24, 2020

Sen. Lamar Alexander Estimates K-12, Higher Ed. Need $50 Billion to $75 Billion to Reopen Safely

The Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate education committee, said he considers it crucial for K-12 schools "that they have the money that they need to open safely in the fall" to help parents and the economy.

June 17, 2020

What Republicans' Policing Bill Says About Education

Senate Republicans' police reform bill would create a federal commission to study racial disparities in education and a range of other areas.

June 12, 2020

Restart In-Person Classes or Lose Federal Aid, Two Lawmakers Say in Messaging Bill

The Reopen Our Schools Act may not go anywhere in Congress, but it does drive home a broader political message about the pandemic and resuming traditional classes.

June 10, 2020

Education Leaders Warn Senators of 'Perfect Storm' of Challenges in Reopening Schools

Starting a new school year will be a high-stakes challenge for educators who must help get students back on track, education administrators told U.S. senators Wednesday.

June 09, 2020

School Desegregation Is Crucial at This Moment, Says One U.S. Senator

Protests about law enforcement's treatment of black people underscore how school desegregation can help black children and create more empathy in society, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said in an interview.

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