May 2011 Archives

S.C. School Officials: We Want Our Race to Top Money!

Groups representing South Carolina's school boards and administrators say they'll happily compete for a share of the $200 million in new federal money if their state chief refuses to play.

Lawmakers to Duncan: Keep NCLB's Tutoring Program

As lawmakers gear up to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, one question is what will happen to the free tutoring programs schools are required to offer if they fail to meet the law's achievement targets.

RTTT Runners-Up Not Jumping at Chance to Split $200 Million

Some of the nine Race to the Top runners-up from last year aren't too sure about Education Secretary Arne Duncan's offer to split $200 million to implement small pieces of their original plans.

House Committee Votes to Scrap More Than 40 Education Programs

The House education panel approves a measure that would eliminate programs the committee sees as duplicative or not the right role for the federal government.

S.C. Won't Compete in Race to Top, Round 3

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said "no thanks" today to the new $200 million Race to the Top contest for the 9 high-scoring states that didn't win last year.

New Race to Top: $500M for Early Ed., $200M for Round 2 Runners-Up

The nine states that lost last year's Race to the Top competition are eligible to compete again for grants ranging from $10 million to $50 million.

NSBA, AASA Call for ESEA Regulatory Relief

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act seems to be stuck in neutral, with even the administration expressing frustration with the pace of negotiations. Now the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators have launched a petition calling on members of Congress to please support regulatory relief. The U.S. Department of Education would ultimately be responsible for regulatory relief. Specifically, the two groups would like the law's timetable of sanctions essentially to be put on pause for a year. That would mean schools that have already failed to make progress towards the goal of ...

Kline Talks ESEA, Common Curriculum, and Pawlenty

The House education committee chairman gives radio host Bill Bennett his views on how reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act might proceed.

Pawlenty, an Education Guy, to Run for President

Tim Pawlenty, the former two-term Minnesota governor, has a lengthy resume of education policy activism that will likely influence the education platform of his presidential bid.

New Deputy Press Secretary Starts Monday at Ed. Dept.

Daren Briscoe, a former Newsweek reporter who joined the Obama administration in 2009, will be the new deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

With Reauthorization Dragging, NCLB Waivers More Likely

With a key Congressman giving NCLB "no chance" of being rewritten by August, the U.S. Department of Education will likely start focusing on waivers to give states relief from the law's penalties.

'Chiefs for Change' Serves Up Principles for ESEA Reform

A coalition of state schools chiefs argues that the federal government must ensure rigorous accountability for "all schools and students."

Turnaround Bill Would Give Congress' Stamp of Approval to SIG

The administration's four school-improvement models would stay pretty much intact, with some important tweaks, under a measure introduced last week by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

Duncan Denies Kansas' AYP Waiver

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will not allow Kansas to be exempt from the No Child Left Behind requirement that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and language arts by 2014.

School Meal Changes Targeted by Some House Republicans

A U.S. House subcommittee questioned whether the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is an example of the federal government growing too large and spending too much.

House Bill Calls for Eliminating 43 Education Programs

"It's time to trim the fat," Rep. Duncan Hunter said in announcing the bill to cut 43 K-12 programs he described as "wasteful".

Arne Duncan, Sidelined

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has missed several events because of severe back pain, his office says.

House Panel Could Propose Elimination of 40+ Programs

The House Education and the Workforce Committee is putting the finishing touches on a bill that could eliminate more than 40 programs, advocates say.

Former McCain Education Adviser Working for Pawlenty Campaign

Phil Handy, a former state board of education member during Jeb Bush's time as Florida's governor, is advising Tim Pawlenty's campaign.

Scope of Federal Role at Issue in Senate ESEA Discussions

There has been talk in the Senate of keeping the federal focus under a reauthorized ESEA on only the lowest performing 5 or 10 percent of schools and letting states largely decide what happens to other schools, advocates say.

Gov. Christie on Unions, Presidential Politics, and NCLB

In an interview with Education Week, the New Jersey governor wasn't shy about casting blame for educational woes squarely on the shoulders of the teachers' unions

Rep. Kline Sketches Out ESEA Game Plan

His plan involves breaking the education bill into bite-size pieces, including chunks addressing accountability, flexibility, and program elimination.

George Miller vs. Chris Christie, on Unions

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Rep. George Miller debate the role of teachers' unions in improving student achievement, at an event at George Washington University.

Key Senator Seeks to Renew Federal Reading Focus

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., reintroduces the LEARN Act, a comprehensive school literacy bill.

House Readies Bills on Program Elimination, Flexibility

A bill in the works would give school districts greater leeway in using federal education funding, but another measure being discussed would scrap a number of targeted programs.

Obama Will Give Booker T. Washington High Commencement

A Memphis, Tenn., high school won this year's Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, and will have the president as its speaker at graduation ceremonies.

Gingrich to Throw His Hat in Presidential Ring

Folks probably think of Gingrich as the firebrand House speaker of the 1990s, not as an education policy wonk. But he's actually got quite a record on K-12 issues.

NEA Signals Support for Obama in 2012

The political action committee for the nation's largest teachers' union is endorsing Obama in 2012, even though their policy beliefs often conflict.

Matt Gandal Leaving Achieve for Ed. Dept.

The executive vice president for Achieve, Matt Gandal, will manage technical assistance to states that won Race to the Top.

Kids Ask White House Smart Questions About Bin Laden

Students asked a top White House aide during a webinar why bin Laden wasn't captured and brought to trial, how the U.S. confirmed his identity, and what his death means for the overall terrorism threat.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Puts Its Stamp on ESEA Renewal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw its considerable lobbying weight behind an Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal that would keep intact key aspects of the accountability system at the heart of the No Child Left Behind law.

Mitch Daniels: Pro-National Standards, Anti-More Money

If Mitch Daniels decides to run for president, his legislative victories on education as the Republican governor of Indiana could foreshadow his national K-12 agenda.

Duncan: Rural America Must Create College-Going Culture

Education Secretary Arne Duncan challenged a group of rural advocates to "make a commitment to ensure rural students complete college at higher rates."

After a Duncan Scolding, Delaware District Reverses Course

The Christina school board votes to reaffirm its promise to carry out the state's Race to the Top plans.

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