Federal Policy

People march against student debt around the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 2022. Members of the Debt Collective, which describes itself as a borrowers' union, called for President Joe Biden to abolish all student loan debt by executive order.

FAQ: Student Loan Cancellation Edition

Student debt isn’t a “poor people” issue.
President Joe Biden arrives with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to visit with students at Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, March 11, 2022.

Enough Already

Biden asks Congress for tens of billions more in education spending
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What Breyer’s Resignation Means for Education

The best case for Biden is that a successful confirmation builds momentum for a cut-down version of Build Back Better, including universal pre-K.
Julia Keleher, secretary of education of Puerto Rico, was sentenced to six months in federal prison after ushering in sweeping reforms, such as including breaking up the central education bureaucracy and introducing charter schools.

Punishment for Making Hard Choices in a Crisis: Federal Prison

Why every education leader should care about what happened to Julia Keleher
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How Federal Government Writes the Rules for Schools

"Too many people are not even aware that these regulations are being developed, much less that they can have a say in the end result."
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive for an event to mark the start of monthly Child Tax Credit relief payments, in the White House complex, July 15, 2021.

Families Are Using New Child Tax Credit for K-12 School Costs, Census Shows

Forty percent of low-income recipients say they spent the money on tuition, books, tutoring, or other education-related expenses.

Ed Finance Guru Marguerite Roza on How Schools Can Best Spend Covid Aid

One concern: using the money to backfill budgets that should have been rightsized years ago for enrollment drops that started long before the pandemic.
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speaking at a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Don’t Plan on That Federal Education Spending Spree

Ambitious plans to make community college “free” or pre-K “universal” will have to be radically downsized.

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