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In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, sixth grade teacher Carrie Young guides her students through an exercise on their laptops as practice for the the Common Core State Standards Test in her classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to …

DeVos Education Department ‘Strongarms’ Utah Parents

A grassroots parent organizer in Utah says her state is a good example of how Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education is still forcing states to comply with federal mandates that go against the wishes of parents and elected officials.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) talks with reporters before heading into the GOP policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol February 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Congress is heading for a showdown with the White House as they threaten to cut off funding for the Homeland Security Department in reaction to President …

Sen. Collins Leaning Toward Constitutional Option

WASHINGTON—Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) signaled she might vote for the constitutional option to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which would make her the second member of the Gang of 14 to do so, and move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) one vote closer to the 50 that he needs to make it happen.

Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks February 28, 2016 in Purcellville, Virginia.

Raspy Rubio Vows To Sacrifice Voice To Beat Donald Trump

Sen. Marco Rubio took the stage in Alcoa, Tennessee this morning after storming through four rallies in the state of Virginia. Speaking to supporters, he clearly exhibited a raspy voice as he fought through his campaign speech.

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House of Cards: Paul Ryan’s Campaign to Mislead Voters on His Immigration Stance

Although New Year’s confetti is still being cleaned off the floors, Paul Ryan already issued a statement that could easily be a contender for the most remarkable statement of 2016. In a Monday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Paul Ryan declared without a trace of humor that “People who know my record know that I’m for border enforcement, border control, not for amnesty.”

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GOP May Tax Internet Sales in Omnibus

The final $1.1 trillion spending bill being negotiated in Congress will be a massive 1,000+ page of legislation that few people will read. In addition to funding government through next year, the must-pass bill is likely to contain dozens of provisions that would otherwise be difficult to pass.

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Obama Signs Every Student Succeeds Act– A Bipartisan ‘Christmas Miracle’

Flanked by Senate education committee chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, President Barack Obama signed into law on Thursday the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was enacted in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Congress Begins Conference on No Child Left Behind Rewrite

On Wednesday, a congressional conference committee kicked off the effort to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—amid the concerns of many conservative parents, who would prefer to see education taken out of the hands of the federal government and back into those of the individual states and local school districts.

First In The Nation Republican Leadership Summit Held In New Hampshire

GOP Establishment Wages War Against Cruz and Conservative Voters

Republican leaders said they needed the Senate to get anything done, and they got it, in a historic midterm election landslide. They’ve done absolutely nothing with it. Harry Reid is still the effective Senate Majority Leader – in fact, he’s sitting prettier than ever, because he gets to watch Republicans use his grubby tactics to stymie conservative votes, while his hands remain clean.

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Senate Passes ‘Bipartisan’ No Child Left Behind Rewrite

The Senate passed its version of the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law Thursday by a vote of 81-17. The approval of the Every Child Achieves Act now sends the measure to a conference with the House’s bill, which passed that chamber last week.

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Lamar Alexander’s No Child Left Behind Rewrite Will Not Rein in Federal Control of Education

Senator Lamar Alexander falsely claims his No Child Left Behind Reauthorization bill, labeled the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), will rein in the federal government. Like its House counterpart, ECAA has superficial “prohibitions” on what the U.S. Secretary of Education may do. Those prohibitions merely replicate existing prohibitions and, in any event, lack any kind of enforcement mechanism for the states.

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Alexander Touts NCLB, Common Core Fix in GOP Weekly Address

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) touted a proposal to report reading, math, and science tests results publicly and make “whether your state adopts Common Core” entirely your state’s decision” during Saturday’s GOP Weekly Address. Transcript (via ABC News Radio) as Follows: “Hello,

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Walker-for-President Effort Hires Another Controversial Anti-Conservative In Brad Dayspring

Dayspring was undoubtedly effective at crushing conservative primary challengers to longtime Republican senators and helping Republicans take over the U.S. Senate. But his tactics throughout his career have been so brutal and personal, he’s become a larger-than-life personality in politics—someone who often overshadows whoever his boss is—and sometimes border on reckless.

The South Carolina and American flags flying at half-staff behind the Confederate flag erected in front of the State Congress building in Columbia, South Carolina on June 19, 2015. Police captured the white suspect in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in Charleston in the United …

Alexander: ‘Hope’ SC Removes Confederate Flag

A growing number of politicians have weighed in on the propriety of South Carolina flying the Confederate flag on its Statehouse grounds following a racially motivated shooting that claimed the lives of nine people in Charleston last week.

Slate: Tea Party 'Savvy, Smart, Disciplined'

Slate: Tea Party 'Savvy, Smart, Disciplined'

Editors Note: Slate’s Betsy Woodruff drills down on the ongoing impact of the grassroots movement called the Tea Party. At first glance, the 2014 midterms look like a catastrophe for the Tea Party. Sarah Palin’s candidates lost in state after

Lamar Alexander Poised to Take Reins of Education in the Senate

Lamar Alexander Poised to Take Reins of Education in the Senate

With Republicans having won control of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) appears poised to take charge of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. As Lauren Camera of Education Week writes, Alexander, the former U.S. Secretary

Lamar Alexander Embraces Amnesty Again after Primary Win

Lamar Alexander Embraces Amnesty Again after Primary Win

It didn’t take long for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to embrace amnesty again.  As soon as he won his Senate primary election against conservative Joe Carr, Alexander said it was “embarrassing” that Republicans have not yet passed a bill.  Never mind

Lamar Alexander Wins Tennessee Senate Primary

Lamar Alexander Wins Tennessee Senate Primary

Incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has won his Tennessee GOP Senate primary race against Tea Party challenger Joe Carr.  The Associated Press called the race early Thursday night for Alexander with just over 20 percent of the vote in.  The final

In Deceptive Ad, Lamar Alexander Claims He 'Voted to End Amnesty'

In Deceptive Ad, Lamar Alexander Claims He 'Voted to End Amnesty'

In his final ad before Thursday’s GOP Senate primary against Joe Carr, the state representative who has hammered Alexander for his vote for the Senate’s amnesty bill last year, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) claims he “voted to end amnesty.” “Last year,