A Guide to the Many Phases and Faces of Race to the Top

Race to the Top started out as a competition among states who agreed to embrace certain K-12 education redesign principles—but it didn't stay that way.


Latest Investing in Innovation Contest to Start in Full Force This Week

Applications will be available Friday for schools and nonprofits that want a shot at the largest awards available from this year's $135 million i3 contest.


Plans to Have Michelle Obama Speak at Graduation Cause a Stir in Topeka

Plans to combine ceremonies for the city's five high schools may mean fewer guests for each graduate, which some families have objected to.


At Long Last, Illinois Approved for No Child Left Behind Waiver

At long last, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has granted his home state of Illinois a waiver from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.


Ed. Dept. Allows Kansas to Use Field Tests for Students With Disabilities

After dropping out of Smarter Balanced, Kansas had to submit a special double-testing waiver to use common-core aligned field tests for students in special education.


Arne Duncan on Waivers, Common Core, and Teacher Prep

Here's an edited transcript of a 30-minute Q-and-A with the U.S. Secretary of Education, who touched on the important decisions he's facing in his remaining time in office.


Rural Education Advocate to Serve as Top Democrat on House K-12 Subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, an Iowan who is a major champion of rural schools, has been tapped to serve as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that deals with K-12 policy.


With Time Running Out, Arne Duncan Discusses His Lengthy To-Do List

In an interview, the U.S. Secretary of Education said he wants to support implementation of common standards and overhaul teacher-prep rules. Rewriting NCLB wasn't tops on his list.


Outgoing HHS Secretary Oversaw Tougher Rules for Head Start Grant Renewals

In addition to leading the rocky Affordable Care Act rollout, Kathleen Sebelius presided over a big change in how the Health and Human Services Department awards aid for the preschool program.


How Will Early Childhood Education Play Out in the U.S. Senate?

Can the Senate education committee produce a bipartisan bill to expand pre-kindergarten? Probably not, but it sounds like Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the panel wants to give it a shot.


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