March 2011 Archives

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed at 'Fiscal Fairness'

Salary Comparability could find its way into the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, thanks to a pair of bills being introduced in Congress today.

Ed. Dept. Isn't Backing Down From Bullying Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education stands by its original guidance on bullying, despite concerns from the National School Boards Association and a somewhat critical article in the Daily Caller.

Does Obama's Opposition to Vouchers Doom ESEA?

The House is expected to pass a bill resurrecting the D.C. voucher program, a top priority for John Boehner but opposed by the Obama administration.

On Testing, What Was Obama Really Trying to Say?

The U.S. Department of Education clarifies remarks by President Obama suggesting he might not be in favor of annual testing. He is.

Keep Subgroup Mandates in ESEA, Civil Rights Groups Urge

A strongly worded letter from a broad range of civil rights and other groups warns against watering down subgroup data mandates in renewal of ESEA.

New Gigs Awaited Principals Removed From SIG Schools

Principals who are replaced as part of a school turnaround often find other jobs in the same district.

Secrets From the White House Garden: Obama Doesn't Like Beets

By guest blogger Nirvi Shah For George H.W. Bush, it was broccoli. For Sam (I am) it was green eggs and ham. For President Barack Obama, it's beets. It's not clear where the president stands on eating beets. Former President Bush was firm that he would not eat broccoli. The current president's distaste for the crimson root vegetable (once declared "the new spinach") hasn't stopped first lady Michelle Obama from planting beets in the White House garden, which has grown to about 1,500 square feet since it was originally planted. This week, the first lady was joined by ...

Bipartisan Pair of Senators to Tackle Education Red Tape

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Michael Bennet introduce a bill seeking to make better sense of the maze of federal and state K-12 regulations.

Senate Passes Short-Term Spending Bill Flat-Funding K-12

The latest temporary funding measure, which expires April 8, avoids a government shutdown for now and gives lawmakers more time to work on a budget for the rest of year.

Duncan Takes Sides in State, Local Education Debates

The U.S. Secretary of Education, himself a former local school superintendent, isn't shy about using his bully pulpit, sometimes bruising feelings in the process.

House Passes Another Temporary Freeze for K-12

The latest stopgap federal spending bill would continue K-12 funding at fiscal 2010 levels through April 8, but makes no new cuts to education.

Paperwork Doesn't Help Students Learn, Officials Tell Congress

District officials tell lawmakers that paperwork demanded by the federal government costs precious time and scarce dollars.

Senators Take Personal, Bipartisan Approach to ESEA Reauthorization

The "Big Four" lawmakers in the Senate overseeing reauthorization in that chamber have been meeting twice a week, for a couple of hours at a time, to have real, substantive discussions about reauthorization.

Obama Vows No Education Cuts, Calls for NCLB Fix

President Barack Obama drew a line in the sand against attempts to cut education spending as Congress struggles to come up with a federal budget for the rest of the year.

Obama to Make High-Profile Pitch for 'Fixing' NCLB

President Barack Obama is expected to give a speech this morning calling on Congress to "fix" the No Child Left Behind Act in time for the start of the next school year.

ESEA 'Big 8' Meeting Take 2: Lawmakers to Meet With Obama

Top members of Congress overseeing reauthorization of the education law will head to the White House to talk things over.

Lawmakers Grill Duncan on Spending, ESEA

Lawmakers had more questions about spending and return on investment than on ESEA.

Duncan: 82 Percent of Schools Could Be 'Failing' This Year

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will testify today that 82 percent of the nation's schools could be considered "failing" this year under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Senate Defeats Pair of Spending Measures

A House bill with deep cuts to education and a Senate measure with modest increases both fail, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board.

Henderson, a Duncan Favorite, to Stay as D.C. Schools Chief

Kaya Henderson becomes the District of Colujmbia's next schools's chief; she had been the interim, and was deputy under ex-Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

'Commencement Challenge' Becomes PR Challenge for Obama

As we reported here last month, the White House was having trouble getting high schools to submit their applications for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, in which the grand prize is a graduation speech by President Obama. So the White House made the contest a little less burdensome and extended the deadline two weeks, to March 11. At the time, the White House wouldn't say how many applications had been received. And they still aren't saying, officially. Yesterday, CBS News' Political Hotsheet reported that the number of applications came in embarrassingly low: 14, at less than a week ...

House Dems Hold 'Hearing' On State Collective Bargaining

House Democrats will examine changes to collective bargaining in a number of states in a faux congressional hearing.

Obama to Call for More Education R&D

The president plans to tout his administration's $90 million plan to create a new education research initiative modeled after DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Jeb Bush Helps Obama Sell Education as Bipartisan Issue

President Obama kicked off the White House's "education month" today in Miami at a school event alongside former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican.

Wacky Transitions Ahead On NCLB Accountability?

Kansas has requested an NCLB waiver that could be a sign of things to come

Senate Dems' New Budget Plan Would Restore Ed. Funding

The Senate Democrats' bill would provide slight increases for Head Start and Title I grants to districts, a sharp contrast to the House bill, which would cut education.

Breakfast with Arne: On ESEA, RTT Losers & Union Fights

This morning Arne Duncan held court with six education bloggers for an hour of Q&A. Joining in the dialogue, besides Politics K-12, were Mike Petrilli from Flypaper, "Straight Up" Rick Hess, new Education Sector executive director Richard Lee Colvin, who writes for the Quick & the Ed, Dropout Nation's RiShawn Biddle, and Dana Goldstein, formerly of the Daily Beast and American Prospect. Highlights of the conversation: • First off, the department released two guides for states: one on "smart ideas to increase productivity and student achievement" and another on flexibility states have in using existing federal dollars. Both are meant to ...

Stopgap Spending Bill Severs Array of Education Programs

The stopgap federal spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday almost certainly spells the end of federal funding for more than a dozen education programs.

Obama Signs Short-Term Budget Bill That Slashes Education

Reading programs take a hard hit in the bill keeping the federal government open until March 18 while Congress hammers out a budget for the rest of the fiscal year.

Senate Moderates Release NCLB Overhaul Plan

The moderates' set of principles Wednesday for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act closely mirrors the Obama administration's own vision for overhauling the law.

House Passes Bill to Keep Gov't Running, Scrap Reading Programs

The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would keep the lights on at the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies for the next two weeks, but also cut spending on some programs.

Obama and Jeb Bush to Jointly Tout Education Priorities

The president and the Republican former governor of Florida will visit a high school in Miami that's received School Improvement Grant money to turn itself around.

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