Senate Ed. Panel Unlikely to Include Teacher Evaluations in NCLB Overhaul

Members of the Senate education committee agreed at a hearing that teacher evaluations are essential, but it's still unlikely that the an NCLB reauthorization will mandate them.


Does Ditching Annual Tests Hinder School Choice? Yes, Some Advocates Say

How can parents make smart decisions about where to spend their vouchers or which charter schools to pick if they don't have annual testing data at their fingertips?


Coalition Emphasizes School-Community Partnerships in NCLB Overhaul

The Coalition for Community Schools drew from recent Office of Civil Rights data to show how school climate and civil rights issues have suffered under the current law.


K-12 Advocates Oppose Title I Portability Language in Alexander's NCLB Draft

Advocates for school districts see Title I portability as a pit-stop on the highway that leads to voucherville.


NEA to Arne Duncan: New NCLB Should Track Student Access to Early Ed., Funding

What's high on National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia's wish list for renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act?


How Much Political Juice Does the Ed. Dept. Have in NCLB Waiver Renewals?

The administration is entering into the waiver-renewal process with a severely weakened hand when it comes to holding states' feet to the fire on teacher evaluation.


Ed. Dept. and Texas Tussle Over Teacher Evaluation

The feds told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn't coming close to cutting the mustard when it comes to what's expected for states with NCLB waivers.


Elimination of Special Ed. Caps in Draft NCLB Reauthorization Irks Advocates

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities' education task force, a coalition of more than 20 groups, said eliminating the cap would "wipe out a decade of progress."


Senate Education Committee Set to Clear Research Bill

Education watchers were disappointed last month, when a promising bipartisan-backed bill failed to make it through the lame-duck session.


Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Head K-12 Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush

Rice has close ties to Bush's family, having served as secretary of state under Jeb Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, from 2005 to 2009.


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