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April 05, 2013

Obama Would Pay for Pre-K Program by Raising Tobacco Taxes

The administration reportedly proposes covering at least part of the prekindergarten expansion by raising federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

April 01, 2013

U.S. Senate Set to Consider School Safety Bill

School districts would be able to tap into grants to help upgrade their safety infrastructure.

February 01, 2013

GOP Leaders Press Arne Duncan on D.C. Voucher Program

House GOP lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking tough questions about the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

January 31, 2013

Kline Seeks More Detail on Obama's School Safety Proposals

House Republicans are asking how the school safety overhaul proposed by the White House would work with currently existing Education Department programs.

January 26, 2013

Top K-12 Senator Tom Harkin to Retire

Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who sits at the top of the Senate panels that deal with both K-12 spending and policy, isn't planning to seek re-election in 2014.

January 08, 2013

Early-Childhood Education Advocates Wary of Automatic Cuts

Head Start and federal child care grants could be squeezed by automatic, across-the-board cuts set to hit in March, unless Congress acts.

January 03, 2013

Conservative Rep. Todd Rokita Named Chairman of K-12 Panel

Rokita sought to slim down the U.S. Department of Education and to allow states to opt out of federal K-12 programs.

December 28, 2012

13 Politics K-12 Headlines You Probably Won't See in 2013

A list of stories that you probably won't see on this blog next year.

December 27, 2012

Fiscal Cliff: Schools Brace for Automatic Cuts to Education in 2013

Key federal K-12 programs are likely to be cut by 8.2 percent at the beginning of the new year, although most school districts won't feel the pain until next September.

December 19, 2012

Mikulski to Head Up Appropriations Panel

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who had a shot at the job, will stay on as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

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