…the Education and Justice departments also scrapped Obama-era documents encouraging public schools to boost diversity through school zoning or admissions into competitive schools or programs, among other approaches. Now, some are worried school districts will invite scrutiny from federal officials if they pursue such paths. Continue reading Trump administration rescinds Obama-era guidance on diversity
As reported by Education Week’s Politics K-12 Blog, President Donald Trump wants to merge the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor into a single agency focused on workforce readiness and career development. The plan, part of a broader effort to overhaul the federal government, was announced during a cabinet meeting today (June 21). It would require congressional approval.
A summary of the proposal contained in a White House outline of the federal overhaul plan indicates the combined agency would be renamed the Department of Education and the Workforce, “charged with meeting the needs of American students and workers from education and skill development to workplace protection to retirement security.” Continue reading President Trump proposes combining U.S. Departments of Education, Labor
The U.S. Senate’s Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced it will hold an Executive Session next week to vote on an as-yet-unnumbered proposal to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. The proposal is included on the list of bills to be considered Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 am.
Nearly a year ago, the U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation (HR 2353) to reauthorize the Perkins CTE Act. While the House measure passed on a voice vote, similar proposals have been stalled in the Senate amid differences of opinion between the chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrats, particularly over how much authority the Secretary of Education should have to oversee the program.
Continue reading Federal update: Career and Technical Education (CTE) draws attention
The new federal 2018 fiscal year spending law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump increases spending at the U.S. Department of Education by $2.6 billion over previously enacted levels, up to $70.9 billion.
The two biggest federal K-12 education spending programs will see significant increases–Title I funding, which funds programs to improve the education of disadvantaged students, is increased by $300 million to $15.8 billion, and IDEA grants for special education rise by $299 million to $13.1 billion. Continue reading New federal spending law increases education aid; rejects push for vouchers
Early this morning (Friday, March 23) Congress gave final approval to a sweeping $1.3 trillion federal spending bill that funds the federal government for the remainder of the 2018 budget year, which ends on Sept. 30. President Trump signed the measure into law today.
Spending aimed at increasing school safety gets a big boost under this new federal spending law.
Continue reading New federal spending law boosts resources for school safety
On Monday (Feb. 12), President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2019 that starts on Oct. 1, 2018. This is the second budget proposal of his presidency, and, in many ways, it resembles the budget he proposed last year.
The latest plan would cut the U.S. Department of Education’s budget for fiscal 2019 by about $3.6 billion or roughly 5.3 percent compared to current levels. While significant, this represents a smaller cut than what the president sought for fiscal 2018, when he proposed cutting $9.2 billion—or 13.5 percent—from the Education Department. Continue reading President’s 2019 budget plan would cut federal education funding by more than 5%
Last night (Oct. 19), the U.S. Senate approved a federal fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, a key procedural step in setting the stage for the Senate, which is narrowly controlled by Republicans, to pass a federal income tax reform bill along party lines.
The budget resolution passed by a 51-49 vote, with all Republicans except Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voting in favor and all Democrats opposing.
The U.S. House of Representatives, which is currently in recess until Oct. 23, has already passed a budget resolution of its own. The Senate’s action, passed as an amendment to the earlier House-passed budge resolution (H.Con. Res. 71), continues momentum toward debate and passage of tax reform.
The final measure will provide instructions for fiscal year 2018 appropriations for education programs for education programs, as well as for tax reform and health care reform. Moreover, the budget resolution will determine the scope of most legislative priorities for the current session of Congress.
Continue reading Senate Vote Sets Stage for Party-Line Consideration of Federal Tax Reform