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May 21, 1987 | Associated Press
The House today overwhelmingly approved a sweeping education bill that renews and expands programs affecting most of the nation's elementary and secondary school children. The 401-1 vote came after lawmakers rejected an attempt to bar federal funds for youth suicide prevention courses and approved a $1-million presidential award program for excellence in teaching foreign languages.
August 23, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
MEXICO CITY - Thousands of striking teachers have invaded this capital, shut down both houses of Congress, forced changes in the route of an international marathon and generally created mayhem at levels not seen in a long time in what is always a chaotic city. The teachers, part of a so-called dissident union that routinely opposes government actions, are demonstrating against a proposed education reform that, among other components, would require mandatory evaluations of teachers' skills.
September 25, 1986
On a vote of 385 to 25, the House passed a compromise higher education bill that tightens the requirements for financial aid while extending the help to part-time, non-traditional students. The bill, expected to win Senate approval, authorizes $10.2 billion in loans, grants and other aid programs for fiscal 1987. The measure provides $10 million for child-care services for disadvantaged students.
April 6, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Tennessee is poised to adopt a law that would allow public schoolteachers to challenge climate change and evolution in their classrooms without fear of sanction, according to educators and civil libertarians in the state. Passed by the state Legislature and awaiting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's signature, the measure is likely to stoke growing concerns among science teachers around the country that teaching climate science is becoming the same kind of classroom and community flash point as evolution.
June 27, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State senators expressed loud opinions and called one another rude during debate Wednesday on an AIDS education bill that the author says could stop schools from promoting homosexuality. The Assembly-passed bill by Assemblyman Steve Baldwin (R-El Cajon) would have required prior parental consent before schoolchildren could attend AIDS or sex education classes.
December 2, 1987
The Senate passed a broad education bill that renews and expands programs affecting most of the nation's schoolchildren. The bill renews federal education programs until 1993, increases spending for some of them and authorizes several new programs.
The House gave final congressional approval Wednesday to a $100-billion five-year higher education bill intended to make it easier for all college students--including those from middle-income and wealthier families--to finance their own schooling. President Bush is expected to sign the bill, a compromise worked out among Democratic and Republican lawmakers, despite his misgivings about provisions for direct federal loans for college tuition and expenses.
June 21, 1989 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
A far-reaching $1.5-billion education finance bill that has drawn strong opposition from Los Angeles because it would direct funds from big-city schools into suburban and rural school districts fell one vote short of passage Tuesday in its initial test before the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. With Los Angeles lawmakers leading the opposition, the bill, needing 12 votes to pass, went down on an 11-6 vote. Missing when the votes were counted was Assemblyman Pat Nolan (R-Glendale)
May 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Turkey's secularist president vetoed a higher education bill that would have made it easier for students of religious and vocational schools to enter universities. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said parts of the bill violated the constitution. A statement from the president's office said the measure's true aim was to increase enrollment at religious schools. University rectors and the powerful military opposed the bill.
December 25, 2001
Re "Congress OKs Overhaul of Public Schools," Dec. 19: I find it ironic and a reflection of the typically cynical Washington approach to the problems of public education that President Bush and other advocates of this $26.4-billion legislative boondoggle characterize it as landmark legislation and "the most important overhaul of elementary and secondary education since ... 1965." Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) is quoted as saying that this bill sends a message to every parent that "help is on the way."
November 15, 2011 | Dennis McLellan
Teresa Hughes, a former Democratic state senator and assemblywoman from the Los Angeles area who was best known for her focus on education during her 25 years in the California Legislature, has died. She was 80. Hughes, a resident of Castro Valley, Calif., died at a hospital after a sudden illness, said her husband, Dr. Frank Staggers Sr. A former New York social worker, teacher and school administrator who had grown up in Harlem, Hughes was elected to the state Assembly in a special election in 1975.
October 19, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
Republican Sen. Rand Paul may not have the clout in Congress to reach his goal of eliminating the Department of Education, but he can do a close second: shut down the Senate committee trying to pass sweeping new federal education legislation. The Kentucky senator dug deep into the procedural arsenal Wednesday to halt the committee that was meeting to revamp the No Child Left Behind legislation. The bill has broad bipartisan support and was expected to clear the panel later this week.
October 9, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday granted illegal immigrants access to state financial aid at public universities and community colleges, putting California once again in the center of the nation's immigration debate. But he vetoed a measure that would have allowed state universities to consider applicants' race, gender and income to ensure diversity in their student populations. Deciding the fate of 50 education-related bills, the governor also rejected an effort to make it more difficult to establish charter schools.
August 24, 2011
California's system for measuring improvement in schools was always better than the federal government's, and a bill by state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) would enhance it in some long-overdue ways, perhaps providing a national model for school accountability. SB 547, which has passed the Senate and deserves to become law, would still use test scores as one of the major yardsticks for improving schools, but it would add other important factors: graduation rates and the readying of students for college or careers.
January 11, 2011 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento Less than one week after being named to the state Board of Education, Bill Honig has withdrawn his name from consideration, according to the governor's office. Honig, who served on the state board during Jerry Brown's first tenure as governor and went on to be elected state superintendent of public instruction three times, was among the new governor's most controversial early appointments. Honig resigned as state superintendent in 1993 after being convicted of conflict-of-interest charges involving state education payments received by his wife's nonprofit organization.
February 28, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
Paying for college? You may be able to claim a big tax break, even if you've never before qualified. That's because the Obama administration replaced an old break with a new and improved one -- but only for a limited time. To take advantage of it, you'll have to negotiate the often wacky world of tuition tax write-offs. "There is a smorgasbord of education credits available now," said Bob Meighan, vice president of Turbo Tax in San Diego. "It's mind-boggling." What are the breaks?
The state Senate's modest progress toward a bipartisan compromise on the budget stalled Sunday when the focus shifted to a Democrat-backed education finance bill that was more generous to schools than a plan proposed by Gov. Pete Wilson. The education bill, which passed late Sunday 23 to 14, would have kept public schools at the same level of per-student funding as they received last year.
The back-patting is over. Now the details await. The Senate's overwhelming passage this week of a landmark education bill raised nearly as many questions as it answered. The legislation designed to close the achievement gap between haves and have-nots in the nation's public schools came with a gap of its own: money. At an estimated annual cost of more than $33 billion, the programs authorized by Thursday's 91-8 vote tally far more than the $19.1 billion requested by President Bush.
November 12, 2009 | Jason Song
California could be eligible for up to $700 million in federal education stimulus funds under guidelines scheduled to be released today by the U.S. Department of Education. Earlier this year, the Obama administration proposed a series of reforms, including abolishing charter school caps and using student test score data to evaluate educators, as part of a $4.35-billion competitive grant known as Race to the Top. The administration accepted public comment for several months before finalizing the regulations.
October 14, 2009 | Jason Song and Jason Felch
The nation's top education official praised Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday for signing a bill that will make California eligible for competitive federal education funding. Schwarzenegger signed the bill, SB 19 by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), on Sunday, striking a clause in a 2006 law Simitian wrote that bars state use of testing data to determine educator pay or promotion. "This is a victory for children," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a telephone interview Tuesday.
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