Latest Congressional News

Friday, March 25, 2016

On Wednesday, March 23, the negotiated rulemaking committee concluded its first full meeting at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in Washington, D.C. to negotiate terms of title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regulations relating to assessments and supplement, not supplant requirements.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today voted 16 to 6 in favor of the nomination of U.S. Department of Education Acting Secretary John King to become Secretary.  The full Senate is expected to consider the nomination later this week. Before this morning’s vote, Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) noted that during the bill signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last December, he asked President Barack Obama to nominate a candidate for education secretary to ensure its effective implementation.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education announced negotiators today for the first round of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Negotiated Rulemaking Process.  The list of negotiators is available here.  Documents released today that are directly related to this first round of rulemaking are available here.  Meetings are scheduled for March 21-23 and April 6-8, with an optional third session, if necessary,  scheduled for April 18-19.

Monday, February 29, 2016

On Thursday, February 4, the U.S. Department of Education published a notice of intent to engage in negotiated rulemaking to implement two specific provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The Department of Education will proceed in selecting a committee of negotiators to draft and negotiate regulations relating to assessments and the requirement that districts and states supplement, and not supplant (SNS) funds. SNS is the requirement that states supplement federal funds and not supplant them or use them in place of state and local education investments.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce convened a hearing with U.S. Department of Education Acting Secretary John B. King, Jr. who testified about the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to Congress for education. The hearing covered K-12 programs, as well as early and higher education.

Monday, February 29, 2016

In light of the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate held a number of hearings on the ESSA implementation process.

Friday, February 12, 2016

President Barack Obama released his FY 2017 budget request to Congress—the eighth and final of his presidency—which includes investments to improve academic achievement, empower students with the computer science skills needed for a 21st century economy, and expand access to high-quality preschool.  View the budget summary, budget fact sheets and budget documents

Friday, February 5, 2016

The House Education and the Workforce Committee convened a hearing this week on "Expanding Educational Opportunity Through School Choice,” during which the Committee discussed state voucher programs and other efforts to expand parental choice for students. Witnesses for the hearing provided insight about state voucher and tax credit programs, as well as research findings about charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts (ESAs).

Friday, February 5, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education posted a notice to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations for issues related to two topical areas in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): 1) assessments, and 2) supplement/not supplant, and it can be found here: This notice follows the Department’s December initiative to seek advice and recommendations from the public on areas for regulation and implementation of the law.

Friday, January 22, 2016

U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) held a business meeting this week where bipartisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs was favorably reported out of the Agriculture Committee. The legislation –Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (ICNIA) – would reauthorize child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.