Federal policy and reform

Here’s what we know: high-poverty schools face a bigger cliff, that more federal money won’t be forthcoming, and that school budgets will be shaped both by districts’ own financial decisions and those made by state politicians.
The inspector general found they fraudulently got federal loans during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The loss of extra programming — like after-school tutoring, smaller class sizes, additional staff — could make learning loss recovery even more challenging.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights reviewed 80 complaints of sexual harassment across city public schools and found some were not investigated.
The new civil rights guidance suggests practices related to curriculum and support for certain groups are permissible, but race-exclusive groups may not be.
The Supreme Court ruling shouldn’t deter students from talking about their identities or stop colleges from recruiting from schools that serve mostly students of color, new federal guidance states.
Jackson has produced influential studies on school finance and teacher quality. His pick might signal a growing interest from the White House on K-12 education issues.
The deep proposed cuts are a sign of conservatives’ growing critique of public schools, rooted in cultural issues and the pandemic.
Education research can be intensely political. In Denver, a data request led to a public debate and a split State Board vote.
The president suggested that colleges consider adversities students have faced, such as racial discrimination, as a factor in admissions decisions.
A new school integration program is the result of years of advocacy but comes as some districts retreat from racial equity work.
Democrats are starting to push back against Republicans’ “parents’ rights” message, but it’s unclear whether the counterattack will work or last.
Students discussed their constant worries about gun violence and the disconnect they feel from those welcoming the NRA to town.
The election of a teachers union organizer over a former district chief in Chicago is a win for local progressives. It could also be a bellwether for public education policy in the historically Democratic city and beyond.
The proposal would not allow K-12 schools to establish across-the-board bans.
The group of schools identified by Chalkbeat have been allowed to continue reporting poverty rates that are in some cases nearly two decades old, education department officials acknowledged.
President Biden said federal funds will pay to replace lead pipes in hundreds of thousands of schools and child care centers. In the meantime, many are dealing with high lead levels now.
From students with disabilities to schools serving disadvantaged students, ‘there’s just a lot of uncertainty’
The new bipartisan legislation includes tens of billions of dollars committed to schools, student support programs, and college funding.
These stories will take you inside the world of an exhausted social worker, a student working to come out of her shell, and a mother trying to help her son catch up.
Spending accelerated this fall as planned projects started in U.S. school districts.
A decade after Sandy Hook, active shooter threats are forcing schools to make impossible choices.
The share of U.S. schools with more than half of students eating free and reduced-price lunch has dropped from 84% to 69% this year, according to a recent survey.
“The national conversation on homelessness is focused on single adults who are very visible in large urban areas. It is not focused on children.”
Student loan borrowers across the country will have until December 2023 to apply for up to $20,000 in forgiveness from the federal government.
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