Category: Federal

NPR: Obama’s Impact On America’s Schools

When President Obama took office in January 2009, the country was on edge, the economy in free-fall. The federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, was also in need of an update after earning the ire of teachers, parents and politicians alike. In short, there was much to do.

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Justices Face ‘Blizzard of Words’ in Special Education Case

In a case that could affect the education of 6.7 million children with disabilities, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled to decide whether it should require public schools to do more under a federal law that calls for them to provide a free education that addresses the children’s needs.

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As DeVos Confirmation Hearing Looms, Here’s How They Went for Past Nominees

Based on reactions from Senate Democrats and others in the education community, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is likely to face some heat when her confirmation hearing takes place Jan. 17 before the Senate education committee. But how will she fare compared with previous nominees who have gone under the microscope?

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Sparring Intensifies on DeVos’ Credentials

Ahead of her Senate confirmation hearing next week, sparring has intensified over the credentials of Education Secretary-designee Betsy DeVos — a choice advocate from West Michigan who has come under fire for her lack of experience as an educator or administrator.

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Democrats Seek to Delay DeVos Hearing

Democrats are pushing to delay Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing next Wednesday because the billionaire philanthropist’s finances haven’t yet been cleared by ethics officials, nor has she signed an agreement addressing possible conflicts of interest.

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Report Reveals Dems Opposing Ed Secretary Nom Attended Private Schools

Six of the 10 Senate Democrats on the committee that will consider confirming Betsy DeVos — President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education — attended private or parochial schools, or have children and grandchildren attending, according to information obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.

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