Federal Policy

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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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The Problems With Biden’s Universal Pre-K Proposal

"The proposed new investments in universal pre-K are not in step with the realities of the existing mixed-delivery system."
Sen. Joe Manchin

Manchin Just Downsized the Democrats’ Massive Education Spending Plans

Free community college, universal pre-k may be trimmed to win passage of package.
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Let schools, not district offices, decide how to spend some federal aid

Pushing dollars directly to individual schools would increase transparency, public engagement

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