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March 17, 2015

President Obama and Urban School Leaders Discuss NCLB and Budget

After meeting with leaders from a dozen of the nation's largest school districts, the president also said there would be a "major debate" if a Republican budget did not reflect investment in the programs that are leading to improvements in urban schools.

March 04, 2015

Federal Lawmakers Advocate for D.C. Schools Voucher Program

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship, which provides low-income students with up to $12,000 for use at private schools, has been a pet project of Speaker of the House John Boehner.

February 03, 2015

ACLU Protests Mentoring Program for Boys in Kansas District

The Lawrence, Kan., school system initiative aims to address the problem of male students graduating at lower rates than female students.

September 15, 2014

California Districts Get Extended NCLB Waiver, But With 'High-Risk' Status

The seven districts—including Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana Unified School Districts—have work to do on their accountability system as well as teacher and principal evaluation guidelines.

August 27, 2014

School Districts Praise Ed. Secretary for Recognizing Over-Reliance on Testing

The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, which represents 16 districts across the country, applauded Education Secretary Arne Duncan's recent statement that there is too much focus on standardized testing in the nation's schools.

July 30, 2014

Why Do the Lawsuits Against Obamacare Matter to School Districts?

K-12 school districts could be impacted by two recent court decisions that issued contradictory rulings on core pieces of the Affordable Care Act.

July 21, 2014

Big-City Districts Join Obama's Initiative to Support Black and Latino Boys

Districts that make up the Council of the Great City Schools are pledging to invest in strategies meant to improve outcomes for boys of color.

June 30, 2014

Proposal to Rate Leadership Programs Has Principals' Groups 'Concerned'

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals said they support many of the provisions included in the draft of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The changes, they said, made positive strides towards supporting principals and improving the nation's education system.

May 30, 2014

GAO Report: Sequestration Forced Program, Professional Development Cuts

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that sequestration cuts to Title I and Impact Aid forced some districts to reduce specialists, increase class sizes, reduce professional development, and delay technology upgrades.

May 29, 2014

California's CORE Districts Faltering On Key Tenets of Waiver, Ed. Dept. Says

Education Department officials flagged problem areas for the seven districts participating in the No Child Left Behind Act waiver, including delays and changes to strategies aimed at the lowest-achieving schools.

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