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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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18th, the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to withdraw its proposed supplement not supplant regulation published on September 6, 2016.  You may recall that the Department initially began work on the proposed regulation in March of 2016 during the negotiated rulemaking process.

Friday, January 20, 2017

This week, NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE) released its update to a 2015 overview of school choice in order to include findings from new research released during 2016. The new studies provide more insight into earlier assessments of choice's impact. Nonetheless, CPE's overall conclusion remains the same: school choice works for some students sometimes, is worse for some students sometimes, and is for the most part no better or worse.

Friday, January 20, 2017

This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a confirmation hearing for President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Ms. Betsy DeVos. The hearing, which began on Tuesday evening at 5:00 pm, lasted over three and a half hours.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's Education secretary pick, was pushed back by almost a week. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray, the panel's top Democrat, announced that the hearing for DeVos will now take place on January 17 at 5 p.m. in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Friday, January 6, 2017

On Wednesday, January 11th, the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will begin proceedings to confirm President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the position of Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. For several weeks, DeVos and members of the Trump transition team have been meeting with Senators on both sides of the aisle in preparation for the nominee's committee hearing and for full Senate consideration of her nomination.

Friday, January 6, 2017

In the House, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) is the new chairwoman of the Education and the Workforce Committee.  As part of the Committee's initial actions, Chairwoman Foxx has expressed strong concerns regarding the U.S.

Friday, December 9, 2016

December 10 is an important date in the history of public education and school governance. It is the day President Obama signed the landmark Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which restored local governance and community ownership of public education. Read NSBA's statement on ESSA anniversary.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a second Continuing Resolution (CR) for this fiscal year by a vote of 326 to 96 on December 8 that will continue funding to school districts and states for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other education programs through April 28, 2017.  The CR (H.R.