Congress

Senate Education Bill Funding Bill Update

“The Senate’s bill to fund the U.S. Department of Education would keep overall spending virtually flat, although grants for charter schools would get a relatively small increase, as would programs intended to improve school safety,” reports Andrew Ujifusa for Education Week. Among the “winners” in the...

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CRS on Why ESSA Spending Pilot Has Been “Snubbed”

ESSA’s brand “depends largely on the flexibility it provides states and districts,” writes Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week. But the law was also “designed to provide schools more freedom, in this case for funding systems,” which “has been almost totally ignored.” Now “the Congressional Research...

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Legislators Introduce Teacher Shortage Bill

According to InsiderNJ, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) have reintroduced a bill that seeks to address the nation’s increasingly problematic teacher shortage. The Supporting the Teaching Profession Through Revitalizing Investments in Valuable Educators (STRIVE) Act “would overhaul the student loan...

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Dems Push Bill to Increase Dept of Education’s Budget

According to this Andrew Ujifusa blog post in Education Week, a bill in Congress to increase the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by more than $4 billion will soon be considered by the full House of Representatives after passage out of the House Appropriation Committee....

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Brown v. Board Hearing, Integration, and ESSA

In The 74, Carolyn Phenicie reports on a recent House Education Committee hearing on the legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which ended up focusing “in large part on ongoing disputes over school choice and regulatory actions taken by the Trump administration.”...

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Democrats to Unveil Education Spending Bill

In this Education Week piece, Andrew Ujifusa provides an overview of “what to watch for” as Democrats “consider as spending bill” that “funds the U.S. Department of Education for fiscal 2020.” One program to watch is the proposed “$1.2 billion program that supports school safety,...

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Top House Education Dem to CCSSO: ESSA Not a “Blank Check”

Virginia Democrat Rep. Bobby Scott told state school chiefs at the CCSSO Legislative Conference last week that “the Every Student Succeeds Act does give them more flexibility on setting policy and complying with federal law, it is not ‘a blank check,’” reports Alyson Klein for Education...

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Chief Architect of ESSA, Sen. Lamar Alexander, to Retire

Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa report for Education Week that “U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who has been Capitol Hill’s leading Republican on education issues for years” announced that he’s retiring in 2020. Sen. Alexander was a chief architect of the bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act...

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Election 2018, the U.S. Senate, and ESSA

In Education Week, Alyson Klein takes a look at the close battle for control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 election, how education is playing a part as an important election year issue, and provides a “quick guide to where candidates in tough races...

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