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October 23, 2019

Senator's Anti-Violence Bill Backs Active-Shooter Training, School Internet Monitoring

A Republican U.S. senator has introduced legislation to address mass violence that address how schools use the internet and active-shooter drills, among other issues.

September 19, 2019

How Democrats and the GOP in Congress Compare on Education Funding

This Congress is the first in four years to feature divided political control, and it shows in how they've approached U.S. Department of Education spending in 2019.

August 20, 2019

Public Support for Teachers' Unions and Charter Schools Grows, Survey Says

The annual Education Next survey of public attitudes' towards education also affirmed previous polling that there's a divide among Democrats by race over school choice.

June 17, 2019

Congressman Who Sought to Scrap Education Dept. Wants End to Gun-Free School Zones Act

The Gun-Free School Zones Act was championed by 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden, but a Kentucky Republican says it too often leaves children vulnerable.

June 10, 2019

Democrats Once Proposed Tripling Charter Schools. Here's What's Changed

A look at the two major political parties' platforms since the first charter school law was passed shows how Democrats' positions on school choice have evolved, including increased calls for accountability.

May 16, 2019

Do Democrats' School Diversity and Integration Ideas Match What Advocates Want?

"We need meaningful solutions to dismantle racial and socioeconomic segregation in America's schools," said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the author of one of the two bills addressing integration and diversity. Do advocates think her ideas go far enough?

March 07, 2019

GOP Senators Unveil Plan to Bolster School Choice for Military Families

Senators Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, and Tim Scott want more options for children in families connected to the military, but a similar proposal failed to advance last year.

December 18, 2017

Here's Where the GOP Tax Bill Could Hit School Funding the Hardest

The biggest change for schools in the GOP tax reform plan involves state and local taxes and could have a significant impact on school funding. Here's how.

December 15, 2017

Final Tax Bill Keeps Teacher Deduction at $250, Cuts State and Local Deductions

After extensive negotiations, a congressional conference committee has agreed to a final tax reform bill that could impact state and local funding and teachers' pocketbooks, as well as school choice.

December 01, 2017

Higher Ed. Overhaul Would Change FAFSA, Along With Teacher-Prep Oversight

A House bill contains significant changes to how high school students apply for federal aid for college, as well as the information about colleges provided by the federal government to prospective students and their families.

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