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DeVos slammed for remarks on HBCU's, a new Senate measure could overturn Obama-era ESSA rules on accountability, and more.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
President Donald Trump's plan to boost defense spending by $54 billion and make corresponding domestic cuts may put a new squeeze on U.S. Department of Education funding.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
All eyes will be on the Supreme Court later this month when it hears a case that could either expand or curtail the rights of transgender students.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
Making federal aid for students with disabilities available has been on the drawing board in conservative circles for years, and the new education secretary has voiced some support for the concept.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
As the Trump administration ramps up deportations, some K-12 leaders are pledging to protect the rights and privacy of undocumented students. How much can they do?
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicked off her first public speech, accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act have been put on pause by the Trump administration, and more.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
More than 100 Teach For America teachers are among 750,000 undocumented immigrants protected by the deferred-action policy, which President Trump has said is a "very difficult subject" for him.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
At a pivotal time for education policy, half the nation's state legislatures have at least one new education committee chairperson, and a quarter of schools chiefs are less than a year into the job.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
The FCC rescinded a report showing its own program has helped spur falling bandwidth prices and new access to high-speed broadband for schools and libraries.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
Following a policy reversal by the FCC, nine companies will no longer be able to participate in a federal program that offers subsidized internet access to low-income Americans.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week

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