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June 24, 2020

Sen. Lamar Alexander Estimates K-12, Higher Ed. Need $50 Billion to $75 Billion to Reopen Safely

The Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate education committee, said he considers it crucial for K-12 schools "that they have the money that they need to open safely in the fall" to help parents and the economy.

May 21, 2020

Sen. Alexander Splits From Betsy DeVos on COVID-19 Aid to Help Private Schools

During a press conference, Sen. Lamar Alexander also said he thinks no additional federal guidance is needed to help schools determine how much coronavirus testing is necessary to reopen safely this fall.

January 31, 2020

Lamar Alexander, Impeachment, and the Politics of ESSA

The approach Sen. Lamar Alexander took to President Donald Trump's impeachment trial might be rooted in the same philosophy he applied to a key element of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

December 19, 2019

What the FAFSA Simplification Trump Signed Means for Students

The cumbersome process of applying for federal student aid will be a bit easier after President Trump signed a bill that simplifies the FAFSA form Thursday.

December 10, 2019

At ESSA Anniversary Event, Policy Leaders, Advocates Reflect on Law's Impact

On the four-year anniversary of the Every Student Succeeds Act, lawmakers review their bipartisan achievement and advocates call for further reform.

August 23, 2019

Address Racism and Gun Violence Without Stigmatizing Kids, Groups Urge Key Senator

In a letter to a key U.S. senator, the organizations say that trying to address mass violence by focusing on mental health issues fails to get at the root causes of mass shootings.

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.

April 05, 2018

Top U.S. Senators for Education Pitch Youth Prevention to Fight Opioid Epidemic

A new blueprint for fighting opioid addiction from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would focus on youth prevention and recovery, and create a new task force to help children cope with trauma related to opioids.

March 27, 2018

Arming Teachers Not a Great Idea, Says Top Republican Senator for Education

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee, told the Associated Press he is "not a big fan" of giving teachers firearms to protect their schools.

March 06, 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander Backs Changes to ESSA to Improve School Safety

The chairman of the Senate education committee said he would introduce legislation to allow schools to hire more counselors, improve infrastructure, and fund violence-prevention programs.

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