This week's education headlines were dominated by the ongoing confirmation process for Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Department of Education. While the nation's prospective next ed chief passed a 52-48 procedural vote on Friday morning, Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have signaled this week that they'll likely vote against the Michigan billionaire, setting up a likely tie to be split by Vice President Mike Pence unless another Republican flips sides.
In other K-12 news, we also rounded up some of the best tech tools for administrators, as suggested at this year's FETC gathering in Orlando by Barger Academy of Fine Arts Principal Greg Bagby and Chattanooga Christian School Technology Coordinator Julie Davis.
Meanwhile in higher ed, enforcement of the Trump administration's new immigration order is disrupting campus life at a number of institutions. And research on remediation suggests more than $7 billion in grants and loans awarded by the student financial aid program were spent on such courses in 2014.
Be sure to check out our look at remarks on accreditation by Rep. Virginia Foxx at the recent CHEA conference and more in this week's most-read posts from Education Dive!
- DeVos nomination approved on 52-48 party-line vote: Betsy DeVos is one step closer to becoming the U.S. Secretary of Education, with a final confirmation vote expected next week.
- What are the best tech tools for administrators? [FETC 2017]: A Chattanooga area principal and tech administrator shared their essential tech for saving time and increasing efficiency.
- Virginia Foxx talks federal overreach, accountability in address to national accrediting council meeting: The leading House lawmaker on education and workforce offered comments on spending and the future of accreditation.
- Campuses disrupted by enforcement of new immigration order: New policy on domestic entrance is impacting higher education, a drawing response from its leaders.
- Remedial courses cost $7B in 2014: An increasing number of college students are taking classes to catch up to high-level curriculum, but what is the cost to taxpayers and to institutions?
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