Congress

Senator Kaine Introduces Bill to Help Fix Teacher, Principal Shortage

According to Andrew Ujifusa at Education Week, last week, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act, which “aims to address both teacher and principal shortages by broadening the definition of a high-need district under the Every Student Succeeds Act to...

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The Youth Mental Health Services Act and ESSA

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe writes in the Greeneville Sun that, in an effort to combat suicide among children and teens, he has introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) called the Youth Mental Services Act, which “takes an existing grant program authorized under the...

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Senate Confirms Brogan as Assistant Secretary at DOE

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that the U.S. Senate voted recently to confirm the nomination of Frank Brogan as Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, taking over from Jason Botel, the Acting Assistant Secretary who “clashed with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., over implementation...

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“Redesigning Education” in New Mexico

Elizabeth Sanchez writes that, earlier this month, the New Mexico Public Education Department “partnered with Johns Hopkins University and schools across New Mexico” for a kick-off conference for the upcoming High School Redesign Network, which represents an “opportunity for high schools considered comprehensive support and...

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DeVos answers ESSA questions before Senate subcommittee

Secretary DeVos answered questions about ESSA plans and implementation during a June 5 appearance before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. Lamar Alexander asked her whether any of the state plans she approved violated ESSA and “DeVos told him that all plans followed...

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DeVos Questioned on the Hill: Do Some States’ Plans Violate ESSA?

This week, Secretary DeVos returned to Capitol Hill Tuesday to appear before the House Education and Workforce Committee and discuss her agency’s priorities. CNN’s Juana Summers reports that DeVos “was pressed by Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott — the committee’s top Democrat — over whether she had approved...

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DeVos Approves Alaska and Iowa Plans

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced on May 16 that Alaska and Iowa gained approval for their state ESSA plans. “I am pleased to approve these plans which comply with the requirements of the law,” said Secretary DeVos. “I encourage states to use their...

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Congress Taking Back a Little Education Oversight With ESSA Implementation?

Carolyn Phenicie reports that the Republican-controlled Congress, after a year of a “hands-off” approach, is “taking a small step back into the fight over implementing” ESSA. Included in “a report filed with the $1.3 trillion government funding bill passed last week is a reminder to states—through the federal Education...

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Ed Tech Also “Fares Well” in Spending Bill

According to EdScoop’s Patience Wait, another financial winner in the recently passed budget bill is ESSA’s Education Innovation and Research grant program, which “will receive $120 million this year, up from $100 million last year, but lower than the $180 million it once received annually...

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