How Kids Would Fare Under the American Health Care Act

by Vann Newkirk II

05.18.17   Since the American Health Care Act's passage in the House, the future of U.S. health policy now rests in the hands of the Senate. What happens next is unclear: The Senate's version of the legislation could move to the left or right, or the chamber could draft an entirely new bill as a starting place. Still, the broad strokes of Republican health-care reform-a repeal of insurance mandates under the Affordable Care Act, massive cuts to long-term Medicaid spending, federal grants for state high-ris… Continue Reading

Republicans serve up dishonest claims to defend their health-care bill

by Editorial Board

05.08.17   SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) was asked Sunday whether the health-care bill the House of Representatives passed last week would, as its GOP boosters insist, improve coverage and preserve patient protections. "I think that's unlikely," she responded. "Unlikely" was a kind way of putting it. Ms. Collins's comments came on the same morning that Trump administration officials and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) made several indefensible claims about the bill they championed, despite widespread co… Continue Reading

The Trump administration is making Obamacare more expensive

by Sarah Kliff

05.08.17   Some health insurance plans selling on the Obamacare marketplaces are planning steep 2018 rate increases, in part to account for the uncertainty over how the Trump administration will administer the law. The administration has been aggressively ambiguous about key policy issues, like whether it will enforce the health care law's individual mandate or pay out insurance subsidies aimed at the lowest-income Obamacare enrollees. In response, insurance executives tell Vox they will charge steeper r… Continue Reading

Kasich: Republicans' plan for high-risk pools 'ridiculous'

by Brandon Carter

05.07.17   Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) mocked House Republicans' recently passed healthcare bill, saying its plan to establish high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions is "ridiculous." "The business of these [high]-risk pools, they are not funded; $8 billion dollars is not enough to fund," Kasich said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning, laughing. "It's ridiculous." Kasich said states wouldn't have an incentive to move to a high-risk pool system and would instead stay in the healthc… Continue Reading

5000 Role Models of Excellence had a ‘national signing day’ for college scholarships

by Alex Harris

05.06.17   More than five dozen students gathered in a Miami hotel Friday evening to sign scholarships committing to universities of their choice. The 62 young men were all members of 5000 Role Models of Excellence, a mentorship foundation started in 1993 by Florida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson. All the "Wilson Scholars" wore the signature uniform of the program - black suits, white shirts and a red tie covered in black handprints - as they signed for their colleges and received free laptops. In a … Continue Reading

D.C. Vouchers Show Negative Impact on Student Achievement, Study Finds

by Lesli A. Maxwell

04.27.17   A new evaluation of the nation's only federally funded private school voucher program finds that students' math achievement was negatively impacted by participating in what is known as the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program. The vouchers also appeared to have no impact on parents' overall satisfaction with their childrens' schools. But the same study-done by the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education-found positive impacts on parents' perception of school safety for … Continue Reading

Democrats Condemn Climate Change Skeptics for Targeting Teachers

by Katie Worth

04.12.17   Three top Democrats have urged a libertarian think tank to stop mailing climate change skeptical classroom materials to teachers across America. The ranking Democrats on the House committees overseeing education, natural resources and science condemned the group's mass-mailing campaign and counseled teachers to throw away the materials when they arrive. But the Heartland Institute said it has no intention of desisting: It has continued to send books and DVDs rejecting the human role in global … Continue Reading

Trump shouldn’t gut the program that helped rescue my state

by Haley Barbour

04.12.17   If the politics of national service is a thorny subject for congressional Republicans - scrutinizing programs long embraced by Democrats but preserving programs seen as both patriotic and worth the money - financing it, or, in the words of White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, asking "a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit" to keep paying for it, is even thornier. In the era of skinny budgets, it's easy for congressional appropriators to lump national service programs in … Continue Reading

Special Ed School Vouchers May Come With Hidden Costs

by Dana Goldstein

04.11.17   For many parents with disabled children in public school systems, the lure of the private school voucher is strong. Vouchers for special needs students have been endorsed by the Trump administration, and they are often heavily promoted by state education departments and by private schools, which rely on them for tuition dollars. So for families that feel as if they are sinking amid academic struggles and behavioral meltdowns, they may seem like a life raft. And often they are. But there's a ca… Continue Reading

What Betsy DeVos Can Do for Trans Youth

by Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53)

04.11.17   Civil rights are at the heart of having access to a quality education. In fact, in his address before a joint session of Congress President Donald J. Trump said: "Education is the civil rights issue of our time." This was just six days after he ordered the Department of Justice and the Department of Education to rescind protections for trans students. From desegregation to Title IX, the federal government has a responsibility to protect the rights of all students. President Barack Obama was ke… Continue Reading

Reversal: Some Republicans now defending parts of ObamaCare

by Peter Sullivan

04.09.17   The House's debate over repealing ObamaCare has had an unintended effect: Republicans are now defending key elements of President Obama's health law. Many House Republicans are now defending ObamaCare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions, in the face of an effort by the conservative House Freedom Caucus to repeal them. Some Republican lawmakers are also speaking out in favor of ObamaCare's expansion of Medicaid and its mandates that insurance plans cover servic… Continue Reading

House Education Committee Approves Bill Updating Juvenile-Justice Law

by Andrew Ujifusa

04.04.17   The House education committee approved a reauthorization of the federal law governing juvenile-justice programs, repeating a move to overhaul the law that it took in the last Congress. The committee sent the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 to the full House for consideration on Tuesday via a voice vote. The bill is similar to the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016 that the House overwhelmingly approved last September. That bill didn't make it over the finish… Continue Reading

Top Democrats Tell DeVos: Immigrant Student Rights Must Be Protected

by Corey Mitchell

04.03.17   Congressional Democrats want the Trump administration to stress that-despite drastic changes in federal immigration enforcement policy-the nation's public K-12 schools are still obligated to educate undocumented children. Seeking to ensure that the administration intends to honors its "sensitive locations" memorandum, which broadly prohibits the arrest of undocumented students and parents on school grounds schools and other "sensitive locations," the lawmakers-including U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, t… Continue Reading

House Democrats ask Trump administration to remind schools that they must educate undocumented children

by Emma Brown

04.03.17   House Democrats are asking the Trump administration to send a clear message reminding the nation's public schools that, despite recent changes in federal immigration enforcement policy, they are still legally obligated to educate undocumented children. The representatives expressed concern that the educational rights of undocumented students may be overlooked as the new administration cracks down on those in the country illegally. The Supreme Court ruled 25 years ago that U.S. public schools mu… Continue Reading

Top Democrat Introduces Bill to Direct Over $5 Billion to 'Disconnected' Youth

by Andrew Ujifusa

03.30.17   Legislation introduced by the top Democrat in the House of Representatives on education would direct $5.5 billion in competitive and formula grants to provide more educational and career opportunities for young people who are not in school and not working. Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott's bill, the Opening Doors for Youth Act, would authorize $2 billion in competitive federal money for "local community partnerships" in which school districts, local governments, and others would support alternative p… Continue Reading

Bill Proposed to Put Dropouts Back on Educational Path

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim

03.28.17   As Krisha Ross got closer to aging out of foster care, she decided to drop out of high school in 2015 in order to find work. "I did not see the value of continuing school for two years when I needed to work to live," said Ross, who dropped out of high school in Los Angeles during her sophomore year. But she didn't have much luck. "I would sit and stare at the computer screen for hours filling out applications," she said. After attending a series of iFoster workshops on résumé w… Continue Reading

Cuts To Medicaid Will Hurt Our Children And Schools

by Rep. Bobby Scott

03.24.17   During the month of March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) are raising awareness of accessibility and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in education, health care, and the workforce. But Republicans have moved full speed ahead with their proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make drastic cuts to Medicaid. These change… Continue Reading

Don’t Discriminate Against Mutants Like Me

by Louise Aronson

03.23.17   SAN FRANCISCO - You can't tell by looking at me, but I'm a genetic mutant. My mother is, too, as were my aunt and grandmother. Our mutation is a chromosomal defect that puts us at increased risk for cancers of the colon, uterus, ovaries, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, kidney, urinary tract and brain - mostly organs it's hard to do without. I could tell you about another mutant relative, too, but I won't. Not after House Republicans proposed the so-called Preserving Employee Wellness Progr… Continue Reading

Economic security needed in Trump’s budget

by Rep. Blunt Rochester (D-Del.)

03.23.17   While working to reduce the federal deficit in Washington, we should not sacrifice key investments in our nation's infrastructure or in our citizens. Smart investment in our students and our teachers, in jobs and innovation, in working class families, our communities and in a modernized transportation system, is an investment in our future. That's why I am so concerned about President Trump's recently released federal budget, which imposes harsh across the board cuts to a number of federal agen… Continue Reading

This Last-Minute Obamacare Amendment Could Hurt Millions of Veterans’ Health Coverage

by Christopher Jacobs

03.22.17   As the House of Representatives steamrolls toward a vote tomorrow on Republicans' "repeal-and-replace" legislation, lawmakers weighing their vote may wish to consider a few key questions. These include: How did an ostensibly "technical" amendment end up withdrawing refundable tax credits from up to seven million veterans? Does Donald Trump-who released a specific plan early in his campaign to "ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it"-realize the potentia… Continue Reading

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