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March 14, 2020

Coronavirus Bill With Job Protections From School Closures, Relaxed Meal Rules Advances

The House passes legislation to make it easier for more students to access meals amid spread of COVID-19, and up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for many workers if a child's school has been closed.

March 05, 2020

Senators Press DeVos for Specifics on How Schools Should Handle Coronavirus

As communities around the country record new cases of coronavirus, schools are grappling with tough questions about how to respond, senators told U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Thursday.

March 04, 2020

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Seeks 'Necessary Oversight' of Charter Schools

Among several new mandates, the COAT Act from Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., would require charter-management organizations to hold "publicly disclosed and publicly accessible meetings."

March 03, 2020

Schools Should 'Minimize Disruption' Over Coronavirus, CDC Official Says

In the face of the coronavirus, schools might need to change how they operate but should also resist significantly disrupting the lives of students and educators, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official tells U.S. senators.

February 25, 2020

Democrats Press D.C. Voucher Program for Information on Student Civil Rights

Lawmakers' concerns come as the Trump administration seeks to boost private school choice programs through a federal tax credit.

January 30, 2020

This Ex-Principal Hopes to Be the Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Jamaal Bowman, who was a principal at a Bronx school for roughly a decade and has also worked as a teacher and guidance counselor, is challenging Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., for his congressional seat.

January 23, 2020

How the NEA, the Nation's Largest Teachers' Union, Grades Congress

Despite all the flak they catch from many Democrats for their education positions, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., both received A grades for the first session of this Congress on the Nation Education Association's report card.

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.

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