Better Oversight Needed of Federal Program for Homeless Students, GAO Says

A Government Accountability Office report found that the federal program that ensures homeless students have access to the public education system is hampered by limited staff and resources, lack of coordination, and more.


Michigan, Ohio Have Their NCLB Waivers Extended

Michigan and Ohio will get to keep their NCLB waivers for another year, joining a growing group of states granted an extension while making changes to teacher evaluations.


Waiver States Can Seek a Year's Delay in Using Tests for Teacher Evaluations

States that have NCLB Act waivers are being given a chance to delay until the 2015-16 school year the use of student test results in making teacher evaluations.


PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Rising Awareness, Majority Opposition to Common Core

The 46th annual education policy public opinion poll from PDK/Gallup shows that a majority of Americans oppose the Common Core State Standards.


Florida in Waiver Stand-Off With Ed. Department Over ELL Testing

Florida is unlikely to change a new state law on testing English language learners, despite objections from the U.S. Department of Education that it conflicts with the state's No Child Left Behind waiver requirements.


Former Sen. James Jeffords, Key Education Lawmaker, Dies at 80

The former Vermont senator and congressman, a Republican-turned-Independent, was a central player on landmark laws including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act.


Deb Delisle on the Promise and Pitfalls of NCLB Waivers

The U.S. Department of Education's assistant secretary for K-12 addresses the promise and pitfalls of the No Child Left Behind Act waivers.


Friday Reading List: Common Core Readiness, School Turnarounds, and Parent Trigger

Are teachers ready for Common Core? What happens to the "reform" movement without Michelle Rhee heading up StudentsFirst? Dig into these questions in the Friday Reading List.


Arne Duncan Extends NCLB Waivers For Five States, Some With Caveats

Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin will get to keep their NCLB waivers for another year, but two of the extensions come with some pretty big asterisks.


Sandy Hook Educators Push to Make Background Checks a Campaign Issue

Educators from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., pen an open letter to members of Congress, urging them to support a bipartisan bill on firearms background checks.


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