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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 will freeze its performance targets at 2009-10 levels, thus ignoring No Child Left Behind.
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.
Three winners from last year's Investing in Innovation program shared insight into how they crafted a successful application.
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.
Education historian Diane Ravitch may be the most active Tweeter in the education policy world.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Education is creating a new office to focus on school turnaround efforts.
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.
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.
A group of more than 40 states bands together to offer a suggest an alternative to the accountability system under No Child Left Behind.
Safe and drug-free schools programs will be moved down a rung on the Education Department's organizational ladder.
The Education Department plans to put announcements in plain language, but it hasn't been exactly forthcoming about its plan for NCLB regulatory relief.
States would be encouraged to set up more high-quality charter schools under a measure introduced by House Republicans.
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.
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 ...
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.
Obama press secretary Jay Carney thinks the GOP candidates at last night's debate missed an opportunity to talk about education.
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.
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.
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, who served in the Senate has been talking about K-12 issues in early primary states
Three governors who took on their teachers' unions see their approval ratings slide.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is under doctor's orders to reduce his public schedule this summer.
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.
After about two years on the job, Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools, is leaving.
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.