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Lawmaker seeks to guarantee transgender student rights

A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders,…

Three federal education policy updates

Three federal education policy updates

As Congress nears a deadline to form a compromise and avoid sequestration, education stakeholders are hoping to avoid devastating school funding cuts that could put an end to some promising…

New ed-tech bill supports digital learning, Common Core

New ed-tech bill supports digital learning, Common Core

A new bill calls on Congress to fund $500 million in grants to states and districts for educational technology, and supporters say it could replace the old Enhancing Education Through…

More states push retention of struggling readers

More states push retention of struggling readers

Flunked, retained, held back. Whatever you call it, increasing numbers of states are not promoting students who are struggling to read at the end of third grade.…

‘Tebow bill’ would let home-schoolers try out for public school teams

This could be Micah Fitz’s first spring without soccer. The 14-year-old has been playing since he was 3, but because he’s home-schooled, he can’t try out for the local team…

Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill now requires teachers to tell parents if child is gay

A controversial Tennessee bill that would stop teachers from discussing sexuality with their students has been resurrected in the state legislature, and the 2013 version includes a troubling new provision,…

Bill would restore $5.4B cut from Texas schools

A bill filed in the Texas House would restore all of the $5.4 billion cut from the state's public schools in 2011, the Associated Press reports. …

Bill to help foster youths with school records

Federal lawmakers have passed a bill that will give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve dismal education outcomes for foster children, the Associated Press…

Senate GOP fails to bring up immigration bill

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked Republicans from bringing up an immigration bill offering permanent residence visas for foreigners with advanced degrees that passed the House last week despite the opposition…

Senate likely to revisit cyber bill

enate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to reintroduce cyber security legislation opposed by business groups once lawmakers return after Tuesday's election, a Senate aide said, adding that a White House…