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March 07, 2019

GOP Senators Unveil Plan to Bolster School Choice for Military Families

Senators Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, and Tim Scott want more options for children in families connected to the military, but a similar proposal failed to advance last year.

February 27, 2019

'It's Barbaric.' Lawmakers Probe Restraint and Seclusion Ahead of Legislation

Democrats have made clear their deep concerns about the practice; experts say that while the use of restraint and seclusion is rare in public schools, the practices disproportionately impact students with disabilities.

February 26, 2019

$100 Billion Plan to Repair, Upgrade Schools Passes Key Committee

Democrats are hoping to capitalize on interest in repairing and upgrading school facilities by moving the bill along quickly, but it still faces a difficult path ahead.

February 12, 2019

At House Education Hearing, Lawmakers Differ Sharply on Why Teachers Are Underpaid

Democrats and their witnesses stressed the need for more funding for teacher salary increases and school infrastructures, but Republicans were skeptical this approach would help students.

February 01, 2019

DeVos Backtracks on Replacing Education Department Watchdog

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Patty Murray, and Rep. Bobby Scott have told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that the replacement inspector general could have conflicts of interests.

January 30, 2019

Schools Would Get $100 Billion for Repairs, Rebuilding in Democrats' Bill

Democrats say the proposal would generate 1.9 million jobs, but a big infrastructure spending deal has eluded Washington since President Donald Trump took office.

January 25, 2019

Shutdown's Looming Impact on School Meals to Be Focus of House Hearing

Democrats say the shutdown imperils the federal program that pays for school meals for low-income students, as pressure builds around the issue in the education community.

January 15, 2019

Trump Signs Legislation Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking

Just before Christmas, federal lawmakers sent President Donald Trump the Foundations for Evidenced-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, which aims to improve how federal data is used, shared, and protected.

January 15, 2019

National Teacher of the Year Joins House Education Committee

Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., says she puts a high priority on public education and providing more resources for teachers.

January 06, 2019

Would Some ESSA Magic Help End the Government Shutdown?

Sen. Lamar Alexander says his negotiations with President Barack Obama to get the Every Student Succeeds Act done provide a good guide for ending the stalemate.

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