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January 18, 2018

Trump's Education Department Picks Get Senate Committee Approval

Jim Blew, Kenneth L. Marcus, and Mick Zais got the OK from the Senate education committee for positions under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

January 18, 2018

Lawmakers Press Trump to Spend on Public School Infrastructure

Senators tell President Donald Trump that improving school facilities is "essential for advancing student achievement" and should be a part of any broader infrastructure spending plan.

January 11, 2018

Senate Democrats Force Vote in Bid to Restore Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to overturn net neutrality has school districts worried about the kind of access they could provide to online educational services.

January 09, 2018

New Sens. Doug Jones and Tina Smith Join Senate Education Committee

Jones and Smith will replace Al Franken, the former Democratic senator from Minnesota who resigned last month after allegations of sexual misconduct, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

January 09, 2018

What Congress Hasn't Finished or Started: Data Privacy, Career-Tech, and Special Ed. Law

On some issues, like career and technical education, Congress has made progress over the past year. On other issues like student-data privacy, not so much.

January 08, 2018

Here Are Possible Picks to Replace Al Franken on the Senate Ed. Committee

Al Franken left the Senate at the start of 2018, and that means there are only 10 Democrats on the Senate education committee. We look at a few potential replacements for him.

January 02, 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Co-Author of Children's Health Insurance Program, to Retire

A member of the Senate education committee, Hatch also authored the Education Innovation and Research program, which is included in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

January 02, 2018

Senators Push for Hearings on the State of Schools in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Eight senators said in a letter that such proceedings would help provide "a detailed understanding of the health and education challenges facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

December 26, 2017

Our Most Popular Posts This Year Had ESSA, Donald Trump, and ... Betsy DeVos

Our most-read posts from 2017 included news about Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearings, changes to Every Student Succeeds Act guidelines, and a golden oldie: the Common Core State Standards.

December 22, 2017

Four Things Educators Should Know About the Tax Bill Trump Just Signed

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act features shake-ups to how state and local taxes are treated, changes to savings plans that let them be used for private school, and more.

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