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Trump officials cancel Obama-era policy on school discipline

Dec. 21, 2018 7:03 PM EST

The Trump administration has formally scrapped an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial discrimination in schools but that became tangled in a national debate over school safety. Officials from the Education and Justice departments finalized the rollback Friday, just days after it was proposed by a...

Inquiry will review DeVos' revival of troubled accreditor

Dec. 19, 2018 4:38 PM EST

The Education Department's independent watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to investigate Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to reinstate a troubled accrediting agency that was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax oversight. The department's inspector general is launching the review in...

Senate Democrats see role for Congress in curbing harassment

Dec. 19, 2018 11:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats said in a report Wednesday that Congress should take an active role in addressing harassment and discrimination in the American workplace, and cited fear of retaliation as the leading cause for claims going unreported. Among the recommendations are strengthening workers'...

Trump's safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

Dec. 18, 2018 5:29 PM EST

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to roll back an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. The recommendation was among dozens issued in a new report by Trump's federal...

GOP Sen. Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election

Dec. 17, 2018 6:03 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, giving the red state its second open Senate contest in two years. Alexander said in a news release that he was deeply grateful for being elected to more combined years as...

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

Dec. 14, 2018 5:13 PM EST

The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block. Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended colleges that...

Money for Columbia River tribal fishing village restored

Nov. 27, 2018 3:01 PM EST

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — After more a year of obstacles, the federal government will resume a project to fulfill an 80-year-old promise. The Trump administration halted work in October 2017 on a plan to build a village for tribal members who fished the Columbia River for millennia, but last week, money...