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Sun shines on the U.S. Capitol dome, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Education Funding Congress Could Go Big on COVID-19 Aid for Schools After Democrats Take Control
Education leaders hoping for another round of coronavirus relief might get their wish from a new Congress.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 7, 2021
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater on Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater on Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
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Federal What Principals Want From the Incoming Biden Administration and Congress
Aid for pandemic-ravaged schools and reversal of Trump-era policies are among the top priorities for national principals' organizations.
Denisa R. Superville, January 5, 2021
6 min read
Image shows an illustration of money providing relief against coronavirus.
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Education Funding Big Picture: How the Latest COVID-19 Aid for Education Breaks Down, in Two Charts
The massive package enacted at year's end provides billions of dollars to K-12 but still falls short of what education officials wanted.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 4, 2021
1 min read
FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2020, file photo, the Washington skyline is seen at dawn with from left the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.
In this Nov. 8, 2020, file photo, the Washington skyline is seen at dawn with from left the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. (File Photo-Associated Press)<br/>
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Education Funding Education Dept. Gets $73.5 Billion in Funding Deal That Ends Ban on Federal Aid for Busing
The fiscal 2021 deal increases K-12 aid for disadvantaged students, special education, and other federal programs.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 21, 2020
3 min read
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Student Achievement What Would a National Tutoring Program Look Like? Can We Afford It?
A "pay it forward" tutoring corps could reach thousands of students and cost $5 billion to $15 billion, a new blueprint concludes.
Stephen Sawchuk, December 16, 2020
5 min read
Budget & Finance Lawmakers Push Plan to Protect School Jobs From Pandemic Cuts
The new proposal resembles an education jobs program signed by President Barack Obama in 2010, but it would be much bigger.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 28, 2020
4 min read
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Education Funding Opinion A Roadmap for Reparations in Education
Breaking the cycle of institutional racism includes a quality education for Black students, writes Khalilah M. Harris. Here’s how that could look.
Khalilah M. Harris, October 15, 2020
5 min read
Federal How Betsy DeVos' Teacher Grants Boost Donald Trump's Economic Agenda
The teacher and principal grants also highlight how presidential administrations can make their mark on education funding in various ways.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 1, 2020
3 min read
Budget & Finance Judge Orders Census Bureau to Keep Counting. Here's Why That Matters for Schools
Accurate census data is tied to billions of dollars of federal education aid. A federal judge told officials this week that they can't shorten the timeline for the count.
Evie Blad, September 25, 2020
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Education Funding Schools Rely on the Census. A Rushed Count Threatens Its Accuracy, Groups Warn
Child advocacy groups have warned that an abbreviated Census schedule threatens to jeopardize the accuracy of the count, which is crucial for schools.
Evie Blad, August 10, 2020
3 min read
Education Funding House Approves Bill With $716 Million Increase to Federal Education Spending
The Democrat-controlled House has approved a $716 million increase for the U.S. Department of Education in the next fiscal year, but there's a long way to go before a final spending deal is reached.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 3, 2020
2 min read
Federal GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening
The Senate Republican bill, which includes $70 billion for K-12 schools, isn't expected to become law but sets parameters for tricky coronavirus relief negotiations with Democrats.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 27, 2020
9 min read
Budget & Finance Fact Check: Trump Lacks Clear Power to Deliver on Threats to 'Cut Off' School Aid
Due to federal education law and other factors, President Donald Trump's repeated warnings that he could cut off funding to schools that don't restart in-person classes might go nowhere.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 10, 2020
6 min read
Federal Trump Team Reinforces Tying Federal Money to School Reopenings
The flurry of statements from Trump administration officials about how schools must restart in-person instruction has created confusion and blowback.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 9, 2020
3 min read