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Students practice BMX riding in an after-school program in Walla Walla, Wash. After-school programs in Walla Walla and across the country are in limbo because of a disagreement in Congress over federal funding for them.
—Molly Van Wagner for Education Week

After-School Programs Feel Heat From Congress, Critics

A congressional proposal to roll federal after-school funds into a broader block grant has created an opening for critics and a rallying cry for advocates. (April 14, 2015)

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New funding rules that put school spending decisions in the hands of local communities have spurred a renewed interest in field trips for students in Vallejo, Calif.
May 28, 2015 - Education Week
A move in Congress to promote schools' use of free learning resources could have a major impact on the development of curricula.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
State legislators and the governor are under pressure to craft a new plan after the state’s high court overturned a 2013 statute altering pensions for retired teachers.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
Thousands of teachers marched through downtown Seattle on Tuesday as part of a one-day strike to encourage Washington lawmakers to put more money into the state education budget.
May 19, 2015 - AP
A special session over how to pay for basic education bares partisan divides over tax policy and questions about the fallout for districts and unions.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
The two national teachers' unions put muscle behind passage of the Affordable Care Act, but now support legislation to repeal a tax that stands to affect their members.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
Librarians are showing growing interest in the "maker movement" as their roles shift from collectors of information to facilitators of project-based learning.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
A court panel in Kansas is considering whether to block a new education funding law at the request of four public school districts that contend the statute distributes state aid in ways that harm programs for poor and minority students.
May 7, 2015 - AP
We must break the financial barrier that prevents poor children from participating in early-education programs, writes Nicholas Burnett.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
Some are pleased with elements of the measure approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, though concerns remain.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week

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