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July 28, 2017

If Senate Starts Over on Health Care, K-12 Could Dip Lower on Priority List

Should the overhaul effort catch fire once again, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., could play a key role in the process, competing for his committee's attention.

July 27, 2017

Critics of Private School Choice to Push Tax-Focused Bill in Congress

Upcoming legislation from an Alabama Democrat is designed to prevent "double-dipping" by donors to state organizations that provide private school scholarships.

July 27, 2017

Lawmakers Ask Betsy DeVos to Clamp Down on 'Zero Tolerance' Discipline

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos hasn't really weighed in decisively with her thoughts on school discipline, which was an area of significant interest for the Obama administration.

July 26, 2017

School Choice Champion Announces Run for Senate Seat

Rep. Luke Messer was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, and has been one of the foremost supporters of choice since then

July 25, 2017

Senator Seeks to Protect Medicaid Services for Schools in GOP Health Care Bill

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said Tuesday she wants to protect the GOP legislation from causing "decimating" cuts to traditional Medicaid

July 25, 2017

Don't Mourn or Applaud the End of $2 Billion in Teacher-Training Money Just Yet

How anxious or pleased should you be about the $2 billion cut to educator-training programs in the House education spending bill? Hold off before you decide.

July 24, 2017

School Choice Smackdown? Two Big Supporters May Jockey for Senate Seat

U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, both Indiana Republicans, are big fans of school choice and could seek the GOP nomination for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat in 2018.

July 19, 2017

Bill With More Than $2 Billion in Teacher-Training Cuts Advances in House

The legislation would cut less from the U.S. Department of Education than President Donald Trump wanted, and now moves on to the full House of Representatives.

July 18, 2017

House Lawmakers Cast a Critical Eye on ESSA Oversight

At a hearing, Republicans and Democrats alike raise questions about whether the U.S. Department of Education is being consistent in its feedback to states on their Every Student Succeeds Act plans.

July 17, 2017

As Congress Probes the Shift to ESSA Under DeVos, Here's What to Watch For

Republicans have made it clear they're concerned about Washington overreach concerning the Every Student Succeeds Act. But how do Democrats feel about what Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done so far?

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