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The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee plans to hold a “COVID-19: Going Back to School Safely” hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 10. The hearing follows a similar discussion with postsecondary leaders this week, which featured testimony about institutions’ efforts to develop practices for housing, instruction, and…

Source: National School Boards Association CONGRESSIONAL NEWS Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations: After heated debate on both the House and Senate floor overnight, Congressional leaders have finally reached a long-sought agreement on topline spending that will pave the way to complete the FY 2018 federal appropriations and budget process. The bipartisan…

The U.S. Senate passed its version of H.R. 1, the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), by a 51-49 vote early Saturday morning. MSBA has concerns lawmakers are creating a potential tax structure that offers tax breaks and benefits for the few — at the price of supporting state…

Source: National School Boards Association The U.S. Senate confirmed Acting Education Secretary John B. King Jr. as Secretary Monday by a vote of 49-40. King was Acting Secretary of Education since January 2016. In tapping him to lead the Department, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment…

On December 2, the U.S. House of Representatives took the first step in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) — also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) — by passing a new federal education bill. Now it is the U.S. Senate’s turn to approve this…

The United States Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week with work ahead to finalize a funding bill for fiscal year 2016. The overall concern is averting another round of across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration that could begin at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. In…

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