June 2011 Archives

Get Your NEA Convention Fix

Education Week's Teacher Beat blog will chronicle the happenings of the National Education Association's Representative Assembly.


New Federal Data Tool Reveals Widespread Disparities

By guest blogger Nirvi Shah The U.S. Department of Education says new data about thousands of schools and school districts show that students across the country don't have equal access to a rigorous education. Using information amassed about 72,000 schools in every district in the country with more than 3,000 students through the civil rights data collection, the department's office of civil rights hopes to get a picture of how equitable schools are within a district and across states. (The data includes information for about half the nation's school districts. The ones that aren't included have fewer ...


South Dakota Also Plans to Defy NCLB

South Dakota will freeze its performance targets at 2009-10 levels, thus ignoring No Child Left Behind.


Letters from Arne: On Cheating, and RTTT Early-Ed. Contest

In separate letters, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gives states more information about the next Race to the Top and reminds them that incidents of cheating on tests are not good for school reform.


Investing in Innovation: How to Win in 2011

Three winners from last year's Investing in Innovation program shared insight into how they crafted a successful application.


Rep. Kline Seeks Details on Duncan's NCLB Waiver Plan

The two top Republicans in the House when it comes to K-12 policy want a detailed explanation of the Education Department's NCLB waiver plan by July 1.


Diane Ravitch: Most Prolific EduTweeter?

Education historian Diane Ravitch may be the most active Tweeter in the education policy world.


Idaho Will Defy NCLB, Schools' Chief Luna Tells Duncan

Rather than seek a waiver, Idaho schools' chief Tom Luna is telling the U.S. Department of Education it will ignore NCLB and implement its own accountability system.


Bipartisan Charter Bill Clears House Education Committee

It's an open question whether the measure is a harbinger of many more bipartisan ESEA bills to come, or just a brief, feel-good moment before the fighting starts up.


School Turnarounds Get New Emphasis Within Ed. Dept.

The U.S. Department of Education is creating a new office to focus on school turnaround efforts.


Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Remake Teacher Training Programs

Teacher training programs would be held accountable for producing educators who demonstrate the ability to boost student achievement before they even graduate, under a bill introduced today by a powerful, bipartisan handful of senators.


Ex.-Gov. Huntsman, Once Defiant on NCLB, Joins Presidential Race

As Utah's Republican governor, Jon Huntsman Jr. signed legislation in 2005 that required his state to ignore the No Child Left Behind Act. Eventually, the state backed down.


CCSSO Releases Roadmap for Accountability

A group of more than 40 states bands together to offer a suggest an alternative to the accountability system under No Child Left Behind.


Duncan Restructures Safe, Drug-Free Schools Programs

Safe and drug-free schools programs will be moved down a rung on the Education Department's organizational ladder.


Can We Get 'Plain Writing' on Duncan's NCLB Waiver Plan?

The Education Department plans to put announcements in plain language, but it hasn't been exactly forthcoming about its plan for NCLB regulatory relief.


House GOP Seeks to Bolster Charters in ESEA Rewrite

States would be encouraged to set up more high-quality charter schools under a measure introduced by House Republicans.


House Bill Takes Aim at Healthy School Meal Rules

Language included in an agriculture spending bill passed in the House would direct the USDA to rewrite some of the newly created nutrition standards for school meals.


Presidential Candidate Bachmann: Foster Mom, NCLB Foe

So I'm sure you political junkies are all aware by now that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is running for president. Bachmann, who heads up the House of Representatives tea party caucus, doesn't have a long and extensive record on education. But if you watched Monday's debate, you probably know that Bachmann and her husband have raised 23 (!) foster kids. And children in foster care have been a major legislative focus for her. She sponsored a bill, for instance, that would expand school choice options for foster kids, who often have a transient, disrupted education. On her congressional website, she calls ...


Rep. Miller Not a Fan of Duncan's NCLB Waiver Plan

The top Democrat on the House education committee is skeptical about the education secretary's plan to offer waivers if Congress doesn't move soon on ESEA reauthorization.


GOP Debate: A Missed Opportunity to Discuss Education?

Obama press secretary Jay Carney thinks the GOP candidates at last night's debate missed an opportunity to talk about education.


Duncan Claims Authority to Tie NCLB Waivers to 'Reforms'

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says he has "pretty clear" authority to demand a package of reforms in exchange for waivers from No Child Left Behind.


Will States Accept Duncan-Style Reforms for NCLB Relief?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will offer states relief from No Child Left Behind if Congress doesn't rewrite the law by fall, but not all states are likely to welcome the conditions that will come with any new flexibility.


Would a President Romney Hurt the Common Core Effort?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, if elected president, won't be the supporter of the Common Core Standards Initiative that President Obama has been.


Santorum to Run for Prez, Compared Schools to Factories

Santorum, who served in the Senate has been talking about K-12 issues in early primary states


Ed. Reforms Prove Politically Costly in WI, OH, and FL

Three governors who took on their teachers' unions see their approval ratings slide.


Under Doc's Orders, Duncan Reduces Public Schedule

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is under doctor's orders to reduce his public schedule this summer.


Mitt Romney, Quiet on Education Lately, Joins 2012 Race

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a proponent of charter schools and performance-based pay for teachers, announced he's seeking the Republican nomination for president.


Head of Safe, Drug-Free Schools Departing

After about two years on the job, Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools, is leaving.


Duncan Argues for Fast-Tracking ESEA; Kline Says No Way

Rep. John Kline, the Minnesota Republican who is the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, says he will not meet Education Secretary Arne Duncan's "arbitrary" August deadline for reauthorizing ESEA.


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