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September 18, 2009

Some Education Groups Less Happy With New Health Care Bill

The National Education Association, which is pouring money and manpower into the effort led by Democrats to overhaul the health care system, is less than thrilled with the new bill released earlier this week by the Senate Finance Committee. The nation's largest union put out a statement today sayi...

September 17, 2009

House Passes Student Loan Bill: All Eyes On Senate Now

The interesting part for K-12 is the funding set aside for school facilities, or about $4 billion over two years.

September 15, 2009

House to Vote on Bombshell Higher Ed Bill

The House of Representatives is set to consider this legislation as early as tomorrow that would significantly expand the federal direct lending program, in which students borrow right from the U.S. Treasury. And it would effectively end the Federal Family Education Loan Program, which uses subsidiz...

September 10, 2009

Community Schools: A Bill to Watch

Schools and community organizations that want to use K-12 facilities for mentoring, academic enrichment, and health services could get an assist from the federal government under a bill introduced yesterday by Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House Majority Leader, and Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a mod...

September 09, 2009

Sen. Tom Harkin to Chair the Education Committee

Observers say he may push back on some of the Obama administration's K-12 priorities.

September 08, 2009

Sen. Dodd Likely to Decline Education Panel Chairmanship

This means that the Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the second ranking Democrat on the committee, has a chance to step in.

September 03, 2009

UPDATED: Flap Continues: Rep. John Kline Asks Obama to Release His Remarks

Rep. John Kline, the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, sent a letter to the White House asking President Barack Obama to publicly release the text of his back-to-school address to kids, to be delivered next week. (According to this Washington Post story, Obama already had pl...

August 27, 2009

Who's Taking Over the Senate Education Committee?

Everyone agrees that it will be a long time before there's another Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions chairman like the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. Folks described him as a passionate advocate for disadvantaged kids and marveled at his ability to bring disparate groups around the...

August 26, 2009

Remembering Kennedy as a Champion of Education

It may be much harder to find common ground on education with the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

July 30, 2009

Bid to Boost Teacher Incentive Fund Falls Short

The full Senate Appropriations Committee today voted down an effort to increase funding for the Teacher Incentive Fund by an extra $100 million in the bill funding the U.S. Department of Education in fiscal 2010.

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