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.
Democrats on the committee were angry that they were only given five minutes each to question Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of education.
The California Charter Schools Association says it will "actively resist" efforts to impose a private school voucher plan on California.
Our experts would want to know about she'd address vouchers, early education, fears of immigrant students, Common Core and students' college debt.
Trump nominee for education secretary has been a key player in allowing "soft money" contributions to election campaigns, including contributing to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
California argues that the online testing format squares with the federal 'Testing Action Plan' to reduce the time students spend taking standardized tests.
She has been a proponent of taxpayer-supported vouchers and other ways to underwrite tuition for private schools.
Trump will propose a voucher program; Brown will address the teacher shortage.
California education officials have appealed the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to reject the state’s request to begin phasing in new science tests this spring.
If California does what the U.S. Department of Education says it should do, some students could end up taking two standardized science tests instead of one this spring.
Betsy DeVos also wants to end what she calls "the federalized Common Core."
California has a history of opposition to vouchers that can be used for private school tuition.
High-income families are likely to benefit the most through tax deductions.
In final ESSA regulations, the U.S. Department of Education backs off its demand for a single index.
Trump's nominee is a prominent supporter of school choice programs, including taxpayer-funded vouchers for private school tuition.
What is unknown is whether Trump will make opposition to the Common Core a litmus test for his secretary of education.