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March 31, 2020

What Obama's Stimulus Had for Education That the Coronavirus Package Doesn't

The CARES Act includes less aid to help K-12 address coronavirus than the 2009 stimulus provided to schools to cope with the Great Recession. But it has something else many educators might appreciate.

March 24, 2020

How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.

March 22, 2020

The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?

Pressure builds on Washington for stimulus aid to help schools weather the pandemic. Could distance learning, emotional support for students, and an education jobs fund for teachers get support?

March 17, 2020

Key Senator Opposes DeVos' Plan for Teacher PD Vouchers

The creation of vouchers for teachers' professional development "violates both the spirit and intent" of federal law, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. says in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

March 05, 2020

Senators Press DeVos for Specifics on How Schools Should Handle Coronavirus

As communities around the country record new cases of coronavirus, schools are grappling with tough questions about how to respond, senators told U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Thursday.

March 05, 2020

Education Department Backtracks, Restores Previous Cuts to Rural School Funding

The U.S. Department of Education has reversed course and will not change how it distributes money under the Rural Education Achievement Program, following concerns by more than 20 U.S. senators about loss of funding because of the change.

February 27, 2020

At Heated Budget Hearing, Betsy DeVos Denies Seeking to 'Privatize' Education

While the education secretary said traditional spending and programs in education had only produced "sad results," Democrats on a House subcommittee sharply criticized the Trump administration's approach to the budget, charter schools, and civil rights.

February 11, 2020

Where Sanders, Trump, and Warren Have Common Ground on Charter Schools

If you put Sen. Bernie Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a room with President Donald Trump, they might not agree on very much. But they do have something in common when it comes a federal program dedicated to charter school expansion.

February 11, 2020

See the 29 Education Programs Trump Wants to Condense Into a Block Grant

The Education Department programs the president wants to consolidate into a block grant deal with English-language acquisition, charter schools, after-school activities, rural education, and more.

February 10, 2020

Trump Seeks to Slash Education Budget, Combine 29 Programs Into Block Grant

President Donald Trump proposes shrinking U.S. Department of Education funding by nearly 8 percent, while consolidating 29 major programs including Title I into a single, $19.4 billion "Education for the Disadvantaged" block grant.

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