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Education news, analysis, and opinion about federal education policies and federal officials.
  • Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, testify before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to COVID-19 and new emerging variants, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, testify at a Senate hearing about the federal response to COVID-19.
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    Federal Citing Educator and Parent Anxieties, Senators Press Biden Officials on Omicron Response
    Lawmakers expressed concern about schools' lack of access to masks and coronavirus tests, as well as disruptions to in-person learning.
    Andrew Ujifusa, January 11, 2022
    5 min read
    Three Oakland County Sheriff's deputies survey the grounds outside of the residence of parents of the Oxford High School shooter on Dec. 3, 2021, in Oxford, Mich.
    Three Oakland County Sheriff's deputies survey the grounds outside of the Crumbley residence while seeking James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, on Dec. 3, 2021, in Oxford, Mich.
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    Federal Miguel Cardona Should Help Schools Push Parents to Store Guns Safely, Lawmakers Say
    More than 100 members of Congress say a recent shooting at a Michigan high school underscores the need for Education Department action.
    Andrew Ujifusa, December 15, 2021
    3 min read
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    Federal In Reversal, Feds Seek to Revive DeVos-Era Questions About Sexual Misconduct by Educators
    The Education Department's decision follows backlash from former education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other conservatives.
    Andrew Ujifusa, December 14, 2021
    4 min read
    Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on Aug. 5, 2021.
    U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during a White House briefing.
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    Federal Biden Administration Lays Out Its Top Priorities for Education Grants
    The pandemic's impact and a diverse, well-prepared educator workforce are among areas the administration wants to fund at its discretion.
    Andrew Ujifusa, December 10, 2021
    2 min read
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    Federal Opinion How Uncle Sam Writes the Rules for Schools
    Former Education Department adviser Michael Brickman explains how negotiated rule making works and why educators should pay close attention.
    Rick Hess, December 9, 2021
    6 min read
    Martin G. Brumbaugh School kindergarten teacher Nydsy Santiago teaches her students under a gazebo at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 4, 2021.
    Martin G. Brumbaugh School kindergarten teacher Nydsy Santiago teaches her students under a gazebo at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 4, 2021.
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    Federal Top Federal Adviser on Puerto Rico's Schools Declares: 'We Have to Build Trust'
    Chris Soto heads an Education Department team providing technical assistance and support for the U.S. territory's public schools.
    Andrew Ujifusa, November 23, 2021
    4 min read
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    Federal Schools Could Count Nonbinary Students Under Biden Proposal
    The Civil Rights Data Collection for this school year could also revive questions about inexperienced teachers and preschool discipline.
    Andrew Ujifusa, November 18, 2021
    6 min read
    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., says "it's time to give control back to parents, not woke bureaucrats."
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    Federal 'Parents' Bill of Rights' Underscores Furor Over Curriculum and Transparency in Schools
    U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's bill highlights how education issues like critical race theory will likely stay in the national political spotlight.
    Andrew Ujifusa, November 16, 2021
    7 min read
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    Federal Opinion It’s Not Just the NSBA That’s Out of Touch. There’s a Bigger Problem
    Those who influence educational policy or practice would do well to care about what parents and the public actually want.
    Rick Hess, November 1, 2021
    4 min read
    Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran speaks alongside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, rear right, Fla. Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., left, state legislators, parents and educators, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral, Fla.
    Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran speaks alongside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, rear right, Fla. Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., left, state legislators, parents and educators, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral, Fla.
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    Federal Dept. of Ed., Florida Continue to Battle Over Ban on School Mask Mandates
    Federal officials say they’ll intervene if the Florida Dept. of Ed. goes ahead with sanctions on districts with mask mandates.
    Ana Ceballos, Miami Herald, October 26, 2021
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    Seminole County, Fla., deputies remove parent Chris Mink of Apopka from an emergency meeting of the Seminole County School Board in Sanford, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Mink, the parent of a Bear Lake Elementary School student, opposes a call for mask mandates for Seminole schools and was escorted out for shouting during the standing-room only meeting.
    Deputies remove a parent from an emergency meeting of the Seminole County School Board in Sanford, Fla., after the parent, who opposes a call for mask mandates for Seminole schools, shouts during the standing-room only meeting.
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    Federal National School Board Group's Apology for 'Domestic Terrorism' Letter May Not Quell Uproar
    The National School Boards Association voices "regret" for how it sought federal aid to address threats and harassment of school officials.
    Andrew Ujifusa, October 24, 2021
    4 min read
    LEFT: Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. RIGHT: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions Attorney General Merrick Garland.
    Attorney General Merrick Garland, left, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice on Capitol Hill on Thursday, questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, right, among others.
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    Federal 'A Snitch Line on Parents.' GOP Reps Grill AG Over Response to Threats on School Officials
    Attorney General Merrick Garland said his effort is meant to address violent threats against school boards, not to stifle parents' dissent.
    Evie Blad, October 21, 2021
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    Brenda Stephens, a school board member with Orange County Public Schools in Hillsborough, N.C. has purchased a weapon and taken a concealed carry class over concerns for her personal safety.
    Brenda Stephens, a school board member in Hillsborough, N.C., says board members face threats and bullying, an atmosphere far different from what she's encountered in years of board service.
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    Federal School Boards, 'Domestic Terrorism,' and Free Speech: Inside the Debate
    From critical race theory to COVID policy, the heat on schools has raised issues involving free speech and the safety of public officials.
    Andrew Ujifusa, October 20, 2021
    13 min read
    Catherine Lhamon, nominee to be assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, testifies during a Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
    Catherine Lhamon, then-nominee to be assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, testifies during a Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee confirmation hearing in July.
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    Federal Senate Confirms Catherine Lhamon to Civil Rights Post; Kamala Harris Casts Decisive Vote
    Joe Biden's controversial pick to lead the Education Department's office for civil rights held that job in the Obama administration.
    Andrew Ujifusa, October 20, 2021
    2 min read
    Ticket number 937 sits on a COVID-19 vaccination at the drive-thru vaccination site in the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Jan. 14, 2021, in Newnan, Ga.
    A ticket number sits on a COVID-19 vaccination at the drive-thru vaccination site in the Coweta County Fairgrounds in Newnan, Ga.
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    Federal White House Outlines COVID-19 Vaccination Plans for Kids 5-11
    The Biden administration will rely on schools, pharmacies, and pediatricians to help deliver the COVID-19 shots to younger children.
    Evie Blad, October 20, 2021
    3 min read