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May 16, 2012

House Panel Takes A Look at School Choice, Parent Triggers

Today, teh House subcommittee that oversees K-12 education explored parent triggers, plus long-standing, oft-debated choice options for parents, including charter schools and school vouchers.

May 15, 2012

SLICE Act Would Cut Pizza-as-a-Vegetable Provision

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, would end practice of counting tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable serving.

May 10, 2012

House Passes Bill To Stave Off Cuts, But K-12 Advocates Still Worried

The House passed a bill that would stop the cuts—known in Inside-the-Beltway speak as "sequestration"—for a year for all programs. But education advocates—and the White House—aren't exactly celebrating.

May 07, 2012

What Does Big Staff Turnover Mean for ESEA's Future?

A number of key staffers have left Capitol Hill since October, when the Senate education committee passed an Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill that has been collecting legislative dust ever since in Broke Down Congress.

April 23, 2012

Lawmakers Want Rural Focus in District Race to Top

A bipartisan group of senators wants to make sure the Obama administration doesn't leave rural schools out in the cold when it crafts the next generation of the Race to the Top competition, which is aimed at districts.

April 20, 2012

President Endorses Anti-Bullying Legislation

President Barack Obama today endorsed a pair of bills that would protect students who are bullied at school and in some cases, provide for students or their families to collect damages from school districts that don't act swiftly or strongly enough in students' defense.

April 19, 2012

Poll: After Pizza, Potatoes, and Pink Slime Issues, Changes Favored

The poll results released today Pew Charitable Trusts' Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project find that 80 percent of American voters are in favor national standards that would limit calories, fat, and sodium in snack and à la carte foods sold in schools and encourage the consumption of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy items.

April 06, 2012

What Would Big, Giant Proposed Cuts Mean for Your K-12 Program?

If Congress doesn't stop the big, giant across the board cuts to set to hit (almost) every education under the sun next January, what would that mean for you?

March 29, 2012

Harkin Bill Would Provide Billions to Hire Teachers, Fix Up Schools

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing legislation that would provide $20 billion to modernize schools, $60 billion to hire teachers, and $10 billion to provide professional development to educators.

March 28, 2012

Duncan Defends Waivers, Competitive Grants to Congress

The clash between the Obama administration's support for Race to the Top and other grant programs, and folks in Congress who want bigger investments in funding for special education and disadvantaged students, is not going away anytime soon.

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