Hard battle lines drawn as Congress considers using $1.4B in federal ‘Impact Aid’ to expand school choice for military families
Military-connected students — about 1.3 million of them in the United States — face a host of problems their civilian peers don’t. They move six to nine times in the course of their K-12 careers, forcing them to deal with everything from different GPA calculations and course offerings to missed opportunities to try out for...
By Carolyn Phenicie | April 24, 2018
New ‘Nation at Risk’ would start with ‘Dear American people: Wake up,’ Janet Napolitano says in Reagan Institute panel with Condoleezza Rice
If “A Nation at Risk,” the landmark report that launched the modern education reform movement 35 years ago, came out today, it would get a far different — and more polarized — reception, education leaders said Thursday. “Each [political party] would take different lessons or have different prescriptions, when in fact, what we need is...
By Carolyn Phenicie | April 12, 2018
Gorsuch doesn’t tip hand in Janus union dues case as justices, attorneys stick to familiar ground
Justice Neil Gorsuch, the only member of the Supreme Court who hasn’t weighed in on mandatory public employee union dues, didn’t tip his hand during oral arguments in a key case Monday. The case, Janus v. AFSCME, pits Mark Janus, an Illinois state child support specialist, who argues that forcing him to pay union dues for...
By Carolyn Phenicie | February 26, 2018
How education fared in Congress’ tax deal compromise: Teacher tax deductions, charter financing & 3 more noteworthy fixes
Weeks after fighting over tax reform — including pitched battles involving several education issues — GOP leadership released a final compromise late last week. On higher education, the bill ultimately didn’t include provisions that alarmed college and university leaders the most, like taxing graduate students’ tuition benefits. It does include a tax on university endowments,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | December 18, 2017
LA charter schools could suffer ‘devastating’ consequences under new GOP tax bill
When KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles opened its doors at the start of this school year, its 400 students were, for the first time in several years, all under one roof. The school opened in 2003, but Los Angeles’s tight real estate market forced the network to split the students, fifth- through eighth-graders,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 21, 2017
Ed Dept. picks including LA’s Jim Blew are confronted in confirmation hearings with same battles that faced DeVos: vouchers, ESSA, Title IX
The familiar battles that have surrounded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos since her own contentious confirmation — private school choice, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IX, and even guns — remained at the fore Wednesday afternoon as a Senate committee considered two top Education Department nominees. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considered...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 16, 2017
Eli Broad, giant of education philanthropy, is retiring
Eli Broad, the prominent education philanthropist and charter school booster, is retiring to spend more time with his family, according to release from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The Broads have given away more than $4 billion to education, health and science research, and contemporary-arts causes. They’ve pledged to give away 75 percent of their wealth....
By Carolyn Phenicie | October 16, 2017
‘Erasing their lives’: Education advocates slam Trump’s decision to end DACA
The education world was quick and unsparing in its criticism of President Trump’s decision Tuesday to phase out protections for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. In a press conference Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Trump administration was rescinding DACA because the “open-ended...
By Carolyn Phenicie | September 5, 2017
Trump ed budget fleshes out choice proposal, justifies deep cuts
The Trump administration’s full 2018 budget proposal lays out more details on huge new school choice programs, including a $250 million voucher program, even as the administration justifies $9 billion in cuts to the department overall. The budget makes a “historic investment in America’s students,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “By refocusing...
By Carolyn Phenicie | May 24, 2017
Supreme Court sets new standard for special ed, unanimously rejects minimal school progress
A united Supreme Court Wednesday set a new, more rigorous standard for special education services in the United States. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District will require school districts to offer individualized education programs “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” An attorney for the...
By Carolyn Phenicie | March 22, 2017