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December 27, 2018

Legislation Seeks Stable Funding For Rural Districts

The Forest Management for Rural Stability Act, would create a permanent fund for the federal Secure Rural Schools Program.

December 26, 2018

Spending, Guns, and That DeVos Interview: 10 Big Federal Policy Stories of 2018

Relive some of our most popular and engaging stories of the year about education spending, teachers, and a certain chat between Betsy DeVos and Lesley Stahl.

December 17, 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Capitol Hill's Top Republican on Education, Won't Run in 2020

In addition to serving as the chairman of the Senate education committee, Alexander previously served as secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, as well as governor of Tennessee. He was a chief architect of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

December 16, 2018

End Head Start, School Lunch Programs to Cut Deficit? Federal Report Probes Options

The Congressional Budget Office's "Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028" looks at the savings from shrinking or eliminating a variety of programs, including many focused on children.

December 14, 2018

Senate Education Committee Signs Rookie Free Agent, Loses ESSA Veteran

Democratic Senator-elect Jacky Rosen will join the committee next Congress, while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will leave it.

December 13, 2018

Juvenile-Justice Bill Passed by Congress Addresses Academic Records, Credits

The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 also requires information on how many children come into contact with the juvenile-justice system through school-related incidents.

December 13, 2018

Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Tackle DeVos Oversight, School Safety Legislation

Thanks to the midterm elections, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is set to take over the House education committee, and civil rights groups have a significant list of demands.

December 04, 2018

House Lawmakers Seek Federal Money for More School Police Officers

In addition to increasing funding for a Department of Justice policing program, the House lawmakers' bill would set aside a share of the department's grants for school resource officer pay and benefits.

November 25, 2018

What Has This Congress Actually Gotten Done on Education?

Federal lawmakers had a big menu of issues to tackle, like DACA, student-data privacy, and higher education, during this Congress. But the list of accomplishments may fall short of what many sought or expected.

November 13, 2018

Democrats Seek to Sharply Curtail Restraint, Seclusion of Students

Restraint and seclusion is controversial in the special education community; one in 100 students with special needs was restrained or secluded in the 2013-14 school year, according to federal data.

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