Clare McCann

Report: Federal Special Ed Dollars Not Always Fairly Distributed

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new framework to hold states accountable for the IDEA dollars they spend. But my new report, released today, asks a different question: How well is the IDEA funding formula even distributing that money to states and districts? The federal government’s second-largest PreK-12 program spends $11.5 billion… Read more »

Congress Gears Up to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act

Senate Democrats and House Republicans announced plans this week for legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which expired at the end of 2013. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced the forthcoming release of a comprehensive reauthorization bill, the first such legislation drafted since the… Read more »

New Bill Seeks to Improve Infant and Toddler Child Care

A few months ago, the Senate was focused on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant. But last month, a group of a dozen Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives released their own, less sweeping child care reforms through the Infant and Toddler Care Improvement Act (H.R. 4680). Infant… Read more »

Blame Congress for College Ratings System Problems

President Obama’s proposed college ratings system has caused a stir among colleges and universities. And lately, those worries have extended to a few members of Congress, one of whom is apparently drafting an appropriations rider that would prevent the Department of Education from implementing the ratings. But this week, a White House adviser made clear that… Read more »

Senate Committee Vote Clears Path for 2015 Budget

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to approve final fiscal year 2015 appropriations limits for each of its dozen subcommittees — and while it hints that education programs might not fare especially well, neither are they facing huge spending cuts or another government shutdown. This latest action does, however, set up a minor disagreement with… Read more »