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Federal Flash is All4Ed’s video series on important developments in education policy in Washington, DC. Watch the most recent episode below, or search our library for older episodes. Episodes are also available on our YouTube channel and as a podcast.

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Congress ends the year on a low note, as Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) strikes a major blow to the Build Back Better Act. Is this the end of the line for the social spending and climate change bill, including its investments to close the digital divide and expand access to child care and preschool? Plus, the Biden administration reconsiders its plans to end the moratorium on student loan repayments in early 2022 and issues new guidance to support states as they resume—and hopefully, improve—their accountability and school improvement efforts next fall. Finally, families and educators are more dedicated than ever to supporting student learning, and a new round of federal grants to support parent and family engagement could help.

Click to Tweet: On #FederalFlash, @All4Ed previews 3 key issues for 2022. Will Democrats pass #BuildBackBetter or find an alternative path? Will @usedgov extend the moratorium on student loans? And how will states resume school accountability this fall? Watch https://ctt.ac/zgvfS+

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December 22, 2021

Federal Flash | Accountability and Support, Congress, Every Student Succeeds Act, Higher Education, Other Priorities, US Department of Education

Build Back Bah Humbug: Manchin Puts Social Spending Bill on Ice

The Build Back Better Act may have received a fatal blow as a key senator says he cannot support the bill as it stands. …
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December 13, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, Federal Communications Commission, Other Priorities, US Department of Education

Congress Punts Budget Decisions to 2022

Congress passes a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown, extending the deadline to early 2022 to make budget decisions and freeing the calendar …
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November 24, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, US Department of Education

Build Back Better Clears Another Hurdle

The House of Representatives finally passed the $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act – with key investments for families and students. But will the …
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November 9, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Digital Divide, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

New Name, Same Goals. New Framework, Same Challenges.

The President unveiled a new, scaled back framework for the Build Back Better Act that eliminates free community college, but maintains other new investments …
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October 22, 2021

Federal Flash | Assessment, Congress, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Is Free Community College on the Chopping Block?

Congress remains at a standstill over budget reconciliation, with a looming December deadline to make key decisions to keep the government open and funded.
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October 6, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Congress On Edge: Avoiding a Shutdown but a Fiscal Cliff Approaches

Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown, both the administration and Congress have made addressing student loan rules and forgiveness a top priority, and schools across the country work to keep students and educators safe.
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September 15, 2021

Federal Flash | College and Career Pathways, Congress, Coronavirus Response, Data, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Congress Considers Free Community College, What About Dual Enrollment?

House Committees began marking up their portions of the Build Back Better Act, including proposals to lower the costs of child care and higher education and close the homework gap.
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August 16, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, Digital Divide, Federal Education Budget, Funding Equity

Senate Moves One Step Closer to Historic Investments in Public Education

The Senate passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution to expand public education by four years and a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes funding for broadband access.
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July 20, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Digital Divide, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Education Budget, Funding Equity, US Department of Education

Money, Money, Money—Congressional Democrats’ Big Plans for Education Spending

The House education spending bill significantly increases K–12 funding as Congressional Democrats also announced a $3.5 trillion framework, to expand free public education by four years.
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