With Schools Shut, Democrats Seek Funds to Close ‘Homework Gap’
Education
With Schools Shut, Democrats Seek Funds to Close ‘Homework Gap’

WASHINGTON — With millions of students stranded at home for the duration of the academic year and questions persisting about whether the COVID-19 pandemic will allow schools to reopen in the fall, lawmakers and federal agencies are weighing the best... Read More

Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
Education
Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
2020-05-14 21:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts how difficult it will be to reopen the nation's public schools in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak need only spend a few moments speaking to leaders of the National School Boards Association. Public schools... Read More

Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
Education
Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
2020-05-04 13:07:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Higher education advocacy groups are suing the U.S. Education Department for continuing to garnish the wages of persons who default on student loan payments during the coronavirus epidemic. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced March 25 her department would... Read More

Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer
Education
Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer

President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Trump made... Read More

Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
Congress
Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
2020-03-19 20:51:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to... Read More

Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
Employment
Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
2020-02-22 00:12:34
by Dan McCue

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, met with North Texas business, education and labor leaders this week to discuss ways to expand job training opportunities for students, retain talent in the area and ensure higher education is both accessible and affordable for... Read More

House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
Education
House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
2020-01-17 17:05:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to overturn regulations introduced by Education Secretary Betsy Devos that critics contend made it more difficult for students to have their loans forgiven in the event a college made misleading or false claims. The... Read More

Democrats Say DeVos Failing to Protect Students From Predatory For-Profit Institutions
Education
Democrats Say DeVos Failing to Protect Students From Predatory For-Profit Institutions
2019-12-13 16:04:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democratic members of Congress accused U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday of neglecting her duty to protect students from for-profit colleges that defrauded them, promising degrees or job placements they were unable to deliver. In response, the... Read More

Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her
Education
Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., proposed legislation Tuesday to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from advancing rules that critics say could hurt efforts to fight sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses. Slotkin is one of several members... Read More

New Jersey Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Require Students to Learn Cursive
State News
New Jersey Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Require Students to Learn Cursive

PHILADELPHIA — New Jersey’s elementary school students would be required to learn, read and write cursive by the end of third grade, under a bill now in the state Assembly. “In some cases, children are entering middle school without knowing... Read More

Murphy, Diaz-Balart  Lead Bicameral Push to Help School Districts Accommodate Hurricane Refugees
Education
Murphy, Diaz-Balart Lead Bicameral Push to Help School Districts Accommodate Hurricane Refugees
2019-11-12 22:46:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida, are leading a push in the House to ensure that states receive the extra education funding they need to accommodate refugee students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The bill, called... Read More

Trump Student Loan Official Quits, Calls for Debt Forgiveness
Education
Trump Student Loan Official Quits, Calls for Debt Forgiveness

NEW YORK — The Trump administration’s point person for overhauling the federal student loan system abruptly resigned Thursday after calling for the government to wipe out most of the nation’s $1.6 trillion of student debt. A. Wayne Johnson — a... Read More

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