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Report: Dueling Stimulus Goals Tough to Implement

Schools and states found it hard to combine satisfy the ARRA's goals of both education redesign and economic development, Bellwether Education Partners finds.


Education Advocates to Congress: Pass a Real Budget

The lame-duck Congress is still grappling with what kind of spending plan to hammer out for fiscal year 2011.


Review of Competitive Grant Programs Underway at Ed. Dept.

Officials say they want to take "lessons learned" from i3 and Race to the Top and apply them for a review of all of the agency's competitive grant program, including the Teacher Incentive Fund and School Improvement grants.


Education Budget, Race to Top, i3 Extension Still Up in the Air

Some high priority education programs are still awaiting congressional action in the lame-duck session.


Sec. Duncan: Districts Need to Rethink Class Size, Salary Structure

The dismal economic climate may well represent "new normal" for schools, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today at a forum sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank. That means schools are going to have to make hard choices, Duncan said. And he's hoping they'll use the opportunity fundamentally rethink long-held ideas, such as the need for students to have a certain amount of "seat time" in each particular class, class size, and teacher pay scales that reward educators for getting advanced degrees. Duncan is hoping that school administrators won't cut areas that directly impact the ...


NEA Asks Education Department for Regulatory Relief

NEA wants regulatory relief from some of NCLB's requirements. The union sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking for flexibility in key areas.


ESEA Renewal a Priority, White House Adviser Says

Melody Barnes, who leads President Barack Obama's Domestic Policy Council, told an audience at an Education Week event today that reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is going to be a "top" priority in the new year.


What the Insiders Really Think About K-12 Politics

A survey asks inside-the-Beltway folks and state edu-bigwigs what they think about the political landscape for education in the wake of the midterm elections.


Dept. of Ed.'s Melendez to Los Angeles?

Rumor has it that Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, could be leaving the department to serve as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Could Congress 'Patch' ESEA?

Some are wondering whether Congress will try to move a more limited bill that fixes some of the issues with the current law.


Race to the Top at Stake in Lame Duck Session

Lawmakers will be waddling back to D.C. next week for a lame duck session. They still have to finish the fiscal 2011 appropriations bill that funds the Department of Education. So the big question for a lot of folks in the eduworld is ... what happens to Race to the Top? The administration asked for $1.35 billion to continue the program for an additional year, and Congress is poised to provide some of that (there's $800 million in the House version of the bill, and $675 million in the Senate). Money is tight, but a lot of folks argue ...


Edu-Funding Champion Sen. Murray Re-Elected

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, has supported money to stave off teacher layoffs and introduced a comprehensive literacy bill.


NEA Reacts to GOP, Tea Party Congressional Victories

The teachers' union is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the fallout from the midterm elections for the ESEA and other issues.


Key K-12 Ally of Obama in Senate Beats Tea-Party Challenger

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, the former Denver schools superintendent, had strong backing from the National Education Association.


Obama: Potential for Bipartisanship With GOP on Education

K-12 policy is one area where Republicans and Democrats could see eye-to-eye, President Barack Obama said today.


Kline to Pursue Oversight, Local Control as Ed. Chairman

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., released a statement today saying he's officially going to pursue the chairmanship of House Education and Labor Committee.


Reid Beats Back Tea-Party Opponent

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid prevailed against Sharron Angle, a tea-party backed candidate who ran on scrapping the U.S. Department of Education.


NCLB Critic Sen. Russ Feingold Loses Re-Election Bid

The Wisconsin Democrat, who lost to GOP opponent Ron Johnson, was among a handful of lawmakers to vote against the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.


Education Committee's Shea-Porter Loses Race

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, has criticized the No Child Left Behind Act.


AG Who Opposed NCLB is Projected Senate Winner in Conn.

Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic attorney general, sued the federal government over the No Child Left Behind Act.


Coons in Delaware, Rubio in Florida Win Senate Seats

Chris Coons, a Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Republican, both won in races that featured sharply differing views on aspects of education policy.


Rand Paul Wins Kentucky Senate Seat, Projections Say

The Republican candidate for the state's open U.S. Senate seat is on record as saying he'd favor getting rid of the U.S. Department of Education.


Politics K-12 Is Pulling an Election (Almost) All-Nighter

All you education watchers who can't wait until Wednesday for the latest election results and analysis, stick with edweek.org for election coverage through the night.


ED Event Requires Time Machine to Attend

Want to hear Greg Darnieder, the U.S. Department of Education's senior advisor to the secretary on college access, deliver the keynote address at a conference for Philadelphia's middle and senior high school counselors? If so, you'll need to fire up the DeLorean. According to the department's Web site, the event is taking place on Dec. 31, 1969. (Thanks to a very alert Politics K-12 reader for pointing this out!) Happy almost Election Day!...


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