The federal government provides about 8 percent of K-12 dollars, primarily through Title I funding for children from low-income families and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Obama administration sought to expand leverage over states through the Race to the Top competition, but a deadlock in Congress over reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act has left federal policy in flux.
The president has accomplished few of the initiatives outlined in his Contract with the American Voter.
California and Washington appear in sync on at least one issue: local control of schools.
However, twice in the past, they overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiatives that would have allowed vouchers.
Trump called for $1.4 billion in new funding for a school choice program that includes $168 million for expanding charter schools.
Cuts to California would come about if Congress agrees to $9 billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Education budget
Her remarks appeared to be her strongest endorsement of public schools since taking office just over a month ago.
Civil rights groups counted on ESSA accountability rules to force the state board to take tough actions.
The Trump administration has had to overcome a series of controversies and embarrassments regarding civil rights since the November election.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos backtracks again on comments about historically black universities that stirred controversy.
It will be difficult to reverse the momentum in the state, where implementation of the Common Core is well underway.
DeVos is sending signals of cooperation after a contentious confirmation fight.
Janet Napolitano, once criticized for her role in immigrant deportations, now defends the DACA program allowing students to stay in the United States.
Critics of the new education secretary were alarmed by her advocacy of school vouchers.
Anne Udall, of the New Teacher Center, talks about how the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, is affecting Common Core implementation.
Republicans needed Vice President Michael Pence to decide the closest vote ever for a Cabinet nominee.