Congress

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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ESSA and Election 2018

Andrew Ujifusa reports for Education Week that, if Democrats win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, “expect civil rights to grab the spotlight and for congressional subpoenas in the name of education oversight to become more popular,” particularly through the lens of...

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Democrats Try to Block Gun Funding Via Spending Bill

Andrew Ujifusa reports in Education Week that “Democrats on Capitol Hill are using just about every tool they can think of to try to stop Every Student Succeeds Act money from being used by schools to purchase firearms.” On September 7, “two top Democrats on...

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Democrats Not Loving Idea of Arming Teachers

Prior to DeVos’ statement, Mike Lillis reported in The Hill that Democrats in the House of Representatives “are pressing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to scrap any plans to promote the arming of teachers in the name of protecting students.” In a letter signed by nearly every member of the House Democratic...

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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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