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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.

September 18, 2019

Senate Education Spending Bill Would Increase Aid for School Safety, Charters

The Senate proposal, which would keep overall Education Department funding virtually flat at $71.4 billion, differs dramatically from what House Democrats passed earlier this year.

September 17, 2019

By One Measure, Federal Spending on Children Has Hit a 10-Year Low

The share of the federal budget that goes towards children, including education spending, dipped to just below 2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product in 2018.

August 27, 2019

What Educators Think When They Hear the Word 'Recession'

As talk of a possible economic slump begins to gain steam, experts say another downturn probably wouldn't play out the same way for schools as the Great Recession did.

July 29, 2019

DeVos Seeks to Align Education Grants With Trump-Backed Economic Initiative

Opportunity Zones. created through the 2017 federal tax bill, have already been prioritized by Betsy DeVos when it comes to federal charter school grants. The new proposed rule could mean more federal grants prioritizes these zones.

July 14, 2019

Where's the Senate's Education Spending Bill? Will the Holdup Affect Schools?

The Senate is behind last year's schedule in moving along a bill to fund the U.S. Department of Education. Why? And when would schools start to get hurt by a broader, longer-term delay?

July 08, 2019

Schools' Top Priority for Flexible ESSA Grants Is Safer, Healthier Students

Nearly two-thirds of superintendents said using the grants to help students' welfare was "extremely important," far outpacing the share who said the same about education technology.

June 19, 2019

House Approves Record-High Spending Figure for the Education Department

Teachers' unions and school advocacy groups have applauded the House spending bill for the U.S. Department of Education. But there's a long way to go before final funding figures are set for key K-12 programs.

May 19, 2019

These Defunded Programs Highlight What Education Lobbyists Fear the Most

It's appropriations season on Capitol Hill, and House Democrats want to spend billions more on schools. But that doesn't mean all the golden oldies are on the way back into spending bills.

May 18, 2019

Bernie Sanders' Education Plan: Unions and Desegregation Win, Charters Lose

Bernie Sanders' sweeping vision would establish a $60,000 minimum salary for teachers, while clamping down on charters and boosting efforts to desegregate schools. It's hard to see a lot of it becoming a reality.

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