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Lamar Alexander

My Position on the Senate ESEA Reauthorization Draft

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The clear, repeated, detailed, and undeniable limits on the authority of US secretary of education and the absence of any discussion of Title I funding portability are my chief reasons for supporting the Senate ESEA draft. And I think this bill could realistically garner enough votes in Congress to rid us once and for all of NCLB.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Patty Murray Vows To Pursue ‘Every Avenue' For Paid Sick Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last month the Senate passed a measure during the midnight hours that has one lawmaker pretty pumped up. The issue: paid sick days fo...

A Step Forward in Washington, A Step Back in New York

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

There's no silver bullet when it comes to helping all children achieve. Great public schools are our best shot. But until we have more leaders willing to look past ideology, listen to those closest to the classroom, and find common ground, we won't move forward.

Rebecca Klein

4 Things You Should Know About The Senate's Overhaul Of No Child Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

A Senate committee pushed an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act a step closer Thursday, passing a rewritten version called the Every Child Achie...

Senate Committee Makes Progress On Updates To No Child Left Behind

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee made progress Wednesday on a bipartisan update to the No Child Left Behind education law with a final vote expec...

Senate Committee Debates Updating No Child Left Behind

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee began debating legislation Tuesday that attempts to fix the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law by ...

Some Details on the Senate-Proposed ESEA Reauthorization

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In the Alexander-Murray reauthorization, assessments continue to eat up a notable portion of state education budgets. However, the language allows for states to seriously reduce testing time from that which is required of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortium tests.

Higher Ed Reauthorization Must Include Meaningful Accountability Measures

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

With Congress preparing to reauthorize the laws that govern higher education across the nation, it is essential that federal regulation adjust with the times.

Quit Playing Politics With the Health of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

A CHIP extension bill should not result in children losing health insurance coverage and being left worse off. Congress should, at the very least, "do no harm" and oppose any package that would result in children losing health coverage or being left worse off in their state.

Dana Liebelson

Republican Presidential Contenders Are All Alone On The Anti-Vaccine Train

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Republican presidential contenders are waffling on the issue of vaccinations, a bipartisan group of senators sought on Tuesday to ...

Rule No. 84: Diane Ravitch's Other Letter to Lamar Alexander

Peter Cunningham | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian and reform critic Diane Ravitch recently sent an open letter to Senator Lamar Alexander with recommendations for rewriting No Chil...

Paul Blumenthal

Groups With Liberal Ties Tapped To Re-Elect The GOP Establishment

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) got a boost in the last election from a little-known nonprofit called Citizens for Responsible Energy Sol...

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

An Open Letter to Lamar Alexander: Don't Forget Rule #84 in 'The Little Plaid Book'

Diane Ravitch | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Just say no to annual testing. No high-performing nation does it, and neither should we. We are the most over-tested nation in the world, and it's time to encourage children to sing, dance, play instruments, write poetry, imagine stories, create videos, make science projects, write history papers, and discover the joy of learning.

Joy Resmovits

Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

When Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) children were young and their preschool stood on the brink of closure, she snapped into action. She gathered them i...

Joy Resmovits

The Obama Administration Officially Wants This Major Education Law Rewritten

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it's time to go back to the ...

Republicans Push To Update No Child Left Behind

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Re...

NSA Debated Phone Tracking Before Edward Snowden Leaks

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collec...

The 2014 Elections and the Future of Black America

William Lynch III | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William Lynch III

No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.

Gordon Ball Loses Midterm Election For Senate In Tennessee

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Democrat Gordon Ball was defeated in Tuesday's midterm election for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, losing to incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R). Bal...

Alexander Defeats Ball In Tennessee

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Lamar Alexander, a Republican senator from Tennessee, was re-elected on Tuesday in the midterms. Alexander, who was first elected to the Senate in ...

Alexander Wins Re-Election

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) won re-election to the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections, according to the AP. Alexander defeated his Democ...

Hobby-Nobbing: Company Men and Republicans Attack Privacy This Election

Hans Johnson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Less than a century ago, in 1920, Tennessee lawmakers ratified the 19th Amendment that allowed American women the right to vote in federal elections. The current drive by Republicans and corporate allies to uproot safeguards for privacy and women's rights undermines that legacy.

Senator Alexander Needs to Read the NLRA

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Sen. ​Lamar Alexander has become the newest worst expert on U.S. labor law. Instead of upholding the law as required by his oath of office, he wants to gut it while claiming to reform it.