Senate to hold hearing on Venezuela education reforms

The Senate will hold a hearing Tuesday on President Nicolas Maduro’s education reforms, an administration official said.

The hearing is being arranged by the Senate Education and Science Committee, the official said, declining to provide further details.

It is expected to last about an hour.

The panel is chaired by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

It was created by President George W. Bush in 2010 to investigate the impact of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package on states that have failed to recover.

The committee’s hearing is part of a larger investigation of the Obama administration’s policies that included measures aimed at strengthening charter schools, improving school enrollment and improving academic standards.

A panel of experts is also expected to review the administration’s handling of a new class of charter schools that opened in Texas.

A Democratic lawmaker has proposed an amendment that would require the Department of Education to conduct an independent audit of charter school performance.