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Nation Jul 18Carson pledges to fight homelessness, despite deep proposed budget cuts
Carson, a conservative Republican who challenged President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination last year, spoke as Congress considers Trump's budget for fiscal year 2018 — a plan that calls for cutting about $7 billion from the $48 billion HUD…
Nation Mar 09HUD could face $6 billion in cuts
HUD Secretary Ben Carson reassured employees about the cuts under consideration, which would target community development block grants, public housing money.
Politics Mar 02Ben Carson confirmed as housing secretary
Carson has no government or housing policy experience. Despite that, his nomination cleared a Senate committee in January on a unanimous vote.
Politics Jan 17DeVos: Won’t dismantle public schools as education secretary
WASHINGTON — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and…
Politics Jan 12Carson’s qualifications to be housing chief questioned by Democrats
Carson, in remarks prepared for Thursday's hearing before the Senate Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee, talked about growing up in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education. She worked numerous jobs to keep a roof…
Education Dec 06Math a concern for U.S. teens; science, reading flat on test
WASHINGTON — American students have a math problem.
Education Nov 28Feds give states more time to bolster struggling schools
"The final rules give states more time and flexibility to provide every student with a high-quality, well-rounded education while ensuring that states and districts keep the focus on improving outcomes and maintaining civil rights protections for all of our children,…
Education Oct 27Modest gains, but U.S. students still lag in science learning
WASHINGTON — The vast majority of U.S. students still lack a solid grasp of science despite some modest gains by fourth and eighth graders, especially girls and minorities.
Education Aug 24Many of this year’s high school grads may not be college-ready, test scores suggest
The latest scores from the ACT college entrance exam suggest many of this year's high school graduates aren't ready for college-level course work.
Education Aug 16As summer draws to a close, 6 things to know about going back to school
The lazy days of summer are ending for millions of children. How much will parents spend on school supplies? How do American students stack up globally? Here are some facts and figures as the new year begins.