Key Race to Top Staffer Moves to New Edu-Messaging Organization

Ann Whalen, who left the U.S. Department of Education in July, spent the last six years at the department, where she headed up the Implementation and Support Unit.


Tutoring Companies Stand to Cash In on States That Lose Waivers

Tutoring companies see an opportunity in states shifting back to No Child Left Behind's requirements, like Washington State and Oklahoma.


Oklahoma Loses Waiver Over Academic Standards; Indiana, Kansas Waivers Extended

The U.S. Department of Education approved No Child Left Behind waiver extensions for Indiana and Kansas, but not Oklahoma, which abandoned the common core earlier this summer.


Arne Duncan to Head South for Annual Back-to-School Bus Tour

Politics K-12 will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during his annual back-to-school bus tour, highlighting administration initiatives in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.


Obama Administration's Education Policies at the Heart of New Lawsuit

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is on a warpath to repeal the common core and accompanying tests in Louisiana, plans to sue the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for forcing states to adopt the them.


Mike McFadden, Republican Contender in Minn.'s Senate Race, Banks on Education

The Republican businessman challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken in Minnesota's Senate race is making education the foundation of his campaign.


Is Waiverless Washington State Still Out in the Cold on Teacher Evaluations?

Washington state lost its waiver because it lacks a law tying student test scores to teacher evaluations, but now federal officials are delaying that requirement for waiver states that need more time.


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.


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