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Topic - Department Of Education
Pushing back against claims he's leading a do-nothing Congress, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday ticked off a half-dozen significant bills he and his colleagues have passed but that are awaiting Senate action.
Home-schooling has risen among secular students in recent years. A 2013 National Center for Education Statistics study showed home-schoolers no longer list religion as their top reason for schooling from home.
The Government Accountability Office has criticized the group that administers the District's school voucher program, saying the agency provides "incomplete and untimely information" about schools to participating families, and calling for both internal improvements and a helping hand from outside agencies.
Everyone from President Obama to Sen. Rand Paul agrees: education reform is the "civil rights issue of our time." Americans today view education reformers with the same degree of moral deference we give to the civil rights reformers of the 1960s. Folks imagine that our starry-eyed Teachers For America (TFA) are shock troops in the war for social justice, that our charter schools are no longer letting poverty be an excuse and that the Department of Education is unleashing an unprecedented wave of entrepreneurship to close the achievement gap.
The federal government shutdown hasn't caused major problems for K-12 schools and higher education yet. If it continues, however, funding streams could dry up.
The Obama administration pretty much told colleges and universities around the nation on Friday to ignore the Supreme Court – that affirmative action should be used whenever and wherever possible to determine which applicants are accepted for enrollment.
The Education Department invited five atheist representatives from the Secular Student Alliance to attend an interfaith meeting the department is putting on Sept. 24.
It was American law enforcement's "We're going to need a bigger boat" moment.
Saying the rising costs of college are punishing students who have played by the rules, President Obama on Thursday announced that the federal government will take a broader role in pushing schools to lower costs by rating schools based on their educational value, and in trying to tie taxpayer money to school performance.
The House votes this week on a student-loan bill that cleared the Senate last week by a vote of 81 to 18. There's an air of urgency because higher student-loan rates are bad politics for politicians.
A Los Angeles-area girl who wants to be a boy — but isn't — now has the legal right to use the boys' restroom and locker room at school, thanks to a settlement between school authorities and the U.S. Department of Education.
The House of Representatives has advanced its latest attempt to replace the unpopular, 12-year-old No Child Left Behind law, but deep divisions in Congress and in the education community mean comprehensive school reform almost surely will be put on hold once again.
Everybody talks about education, the politicians loudest of all until they get bored with the subject, but the education — and the miseducation — of our children continues as the concern dearest to the hearts of parents.
With the Supreme Court preparing to deliver two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage, the Justice Department on Tuesday celebrated gay pride with speeches by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrat, the first openly gay member of the Senate, and singer-songwriter and lesbian activist Melissa Etheridge.
After years of failed attempts to replace the widely maligned No Child Left Behind education law, lawmakers are giving it one more try.