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Good morning, it’s January 31, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to vote on Betsy DeVos today at 10 a.m. ET. We'll be keeping a close eye on the vote. If I were DeVos and woke up and read this report from The Wall Street Journal, I would be nervous. It certainly leaves the door open for some last-minute drama today. Democrats would need to steal three Republican votes to block DeVos from getting out of committee.

Yesterday, DeVos submitted her answers to over 1,000 questions from Democrats on the committee. Politico has posted her responses to Sen. Patty Murray's questions. There are some interesting tidbits scattered throughout. For example, DeVos says, “To be clear, I do not and will not advocate for any federal mandates requiring vouchers." Democrats were not content with her answers, however, and requested that the vote be delayed again. Sen. Lamar Alexander declined their request. 

A high school diploma doesn't mean what it used to. That's the conclusion of an eye-opening new study from Hechinger. It found that the vast majority of public two and four-year colleges enroll students who are not ready for college-level work.

To make matters worse, some companies are also discovering that high school educations are no longer sufficient for skilled jobs. The New York Times reports that when Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, NC about 10,000 people applied for roughly 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent could pass a ninth-grade level reading, writing and math screening test.

Below are more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit And don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook

NEWSMAKERS: Are Republicans wavering in their support of Betsy DeVos ahead of today's committee vote? 
IN THE STATES: Most colleges are enrolling students who aren't prepared for college-level work.
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