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April 01, 2014

Sen. Bennet Talks Federal Role, Delisle Talks State-Level Action at EdWeek Event

At Education Week's "Leaders to Learn From" live event in Washington, top federal policymakers discussed their role in school improvement.

March 31, 2014

Kline Announces Bipartisan Charter School Legislation

The charter school bill is likely to look similar to a bill that passed the House by a huge bipartisan margin of 365-54 back in 2011.

March 25, 2014

Hearing Weighs How Congress Should Improve Teacher Preparation

The federal government asks for a lot of data from schools of education, but some at a U.S. Senate hearing questioned if it helps prospective teachers prepare for the classroom.

March 25, 2014

Can the U.S. House of Representatives Pass a Bipartisan Child-Care Bill?

The House education committee had lots of praise for a bipartisan U.S. Senate bill on child care, but leaders are skeptical of new spending.

March 24, 2014

Is Congress Beginning to Tackle the Education Legislation Logjam?

Negotiations have restarted on the Education Sciences Reform Act, a child-care bill sailed through the Senate, and a bipartisan charter school bill is in the works.

March 24, 2014

Kline Seeks to Make Special Education Funding a Priority

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, said recently that he will be pouring new energy into a perennial priority: Bolstering funding for special education.

March 13, 2014

U.S. Senate Approves Child Care Block Grant Bill

The Child Care bill is one of the first bipartisan education measures to clear the chamber recently.

March 12, 2014

U.S. Senate Set to Vote on Child-Care Bill Aimed at Bolstering Program Quality

The U.S. Senate is set to consider a bill that would update the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which hasn't gotten a makeover since 1996.

March 11, 2014

NEA Pushes Legislation to Reduce Testing

The federal footprint on standardized testing would shrink under a bill set to be introduced by Reps. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., that has major backing from the largest teachers union.

March 06, 2014

Advocates to Congress: Increase Dollars, Not Just Quality, for Child Care Grants

A real-deal, honest-to-goodness bipartisan early childhood bill could actually make it past the finish line this year. Are early education advocates dancing in the streets? Well...not quite yet

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