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Thursday, February 9, 2017

NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE) released a report entitled, Segregation Then & Now: How to move toward a more perfect union.  According to the CPE Report, diverse school communities foster empathy and understanding across cultures and prepare students for life and work in a multi-ethnic nation.

Friday, February 3, 2017

On Monday, January 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education published notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date of three finalized regulations, including the Accountability and State Plans regulations finalized by the Department on November 29, 2016.  The regulations, promulgated to implement accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), were set to take effect on January 30, 2017.

Friday, February 3, 2017

On Tuesday, January 31st, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education. The Committee voted 12-11 to forward the nomination to the full Senate, which will likely consider the nomination early next week. The Committee actually voted twice on the nomination, following a challenge by Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) on the use of a proxy vote by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

Friday, February 3, 2017

The House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held its first hearing for the 115th Congress this week on "Helping Students Succeed through the Power of School Choice."  Witnesses were parents and administrators who testified about decisions for school choice, including those to keep their child in a local public community school.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal Accountability and State Plan regulations finalized by the U.S. Department of Education last November to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The measure, H.J. Res. 57, was approved by the House Committee on Rules Tuesday evening around 5:30 p.m. The Committee's vote was divided along party lines, with eight Republicans voting for the repeal and three Democrats voting against. The House approved the measure 234-190.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

On Tuesday, February 7, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education by a vote of 51-50. Every Democratic Senator opposed the nomination, and two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME), joined Democrats as the only two Republicans to cast votes against Ms. DeVos' nomination. With two Republicans opposing the nomination, the Senate vote resulted in a 50-50 tie. As expected, Vice President Mike Pence cast the final vote to break the 50-50 tie in favor of the nomination.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE) released a report entitled, Segregation Then & Now: How to move toward a more perfect union.  According to the CPE Report, diverse school communities foster empathy and understanding across cultures and prepare students for life and work in a multi-ethnic nation.

Friday, February 3, 2017

On Monday, January 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education published notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date of three finalized regulations, including the Accountability and State Plans regulations finalized by the Department on November 29, 2016.  The regulations, promulgated to implement accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), were set to take effect on January 30, 2017.

Friday, February 3, 2017

On Tuesday, January 31st, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education. The Committee voted 12-11 to forward the nomination to the full Senate, which will likely consider the nomination early next week. The Committee actually voted twice on the nomination, following a challenge by Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) on the use of a proxy vote by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

Friday, February 3, 2017

The House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held its first hearing for the 115th Congress this week on "Helping Students Succeed through the Power of School Choice."  Witnesses were parents and administrators who testified about decisions for school choice, including those to keep their child in a local public community school.