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House Budget Plan Would Slash Funding for 31 Programs

Key formula programs would get huge increases, but big Obama priorities would get the axe under a fiscal 2012 spending plan from the House panel overseeing K-12 funding.


Key Senate Panel Schedules Markup on ESEA Renewal Bill

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Oct. 18 plans to consider a measure reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Roadmap to Winning an NCLB Waiver

Based on the guidebook released by the U.S. Department of Education, peer reviewers will have to make important judgments about the quality of states' plans for waivers under No Child Left Behind.


NEA Hits the Airwaves to Support Obama Jobs Plan

The National Education Association is running ads backing the president's plan to provide $30 billion for education jobs and $25 billion for school modernization and repair.


Obama to Nation's Students: Aim for College, and Innovate

Barack Obama, in his annual back-to-school speech, steers clear of controversy, asking students to pursue post-secondary study.


Duncan Offers Short-Term NCLB Relief for Waiver Seekers

States that can't apply for No Child Left Behind waivers by mid-February can request to keep their proficiency targets at current levels as they apply for waivers in later rounds.


Ed. Dept. Gives States More Time for Stimulus Reporting

States will get an extra 15 months to implement the most challenging parts of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund requirements, which include collecting higher-education data.


Obama: NCLB Waivers Not an 'Escape' From Accountability

So far, state schools' chiefs are welcoming the Obama administration's waiver package, even though it does come with some significant strings.


Romney, Perry Clash Over Race to the Top

Last night's GOP presidential debate offered the clearest sign yet that the Republican field is united on K-12 policy: Basically, they all want the feds out.


Obama Administration Sets Rules for NCLB Waivers

A plan unveiled today would waive key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, including the 2014 deadline for student proficiency in math and language arts.


Previewing Obama's NCLB Waiver Announcement

President Barack Obama tomorrow will unveil long-awaited details of what states will have to do to gain some flexibility under No Child Left Behind. Let's recap what we already know, although the White House and Education Department could have made last-minute changes. And it will be interesting to see just what kind of changes officials do end up making. This will likely be an all-or-nothing waiver package, with states having to sign up for three kinds of waivers. And, in exchange, states would have to adopt certain policies or reform conditions. Over the summer, Politics K-12 detailed what those waivers ...


Senate Panel Votes to Freeze Funding for Key K-12 Programs

Overall education funding would remain stagnant, though some programs could see money restored, under a measure approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Bullying Remains Federal Priority; More Research Needed

A second national conference on bullying was yet another reminder of the current administration's emphasis on combating what is seen as a growing problem.


Who in Education is Donating to the Supercommittee?

The nation's two largest teachers unions are among the top 100 donors to the 12 members of Congress who make up the powerful deficit-reduction panel, a campaign-contribution website says.


Bachmann's District and School District Probed for Bullying Overlap

A group Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann belongs to leads opposition to acceptance of gay youths in a Minnesota school district that largely overlaps with her Congressional district.


Alexander, GOP Senators Introduce Own ESEA Bills

Sen. Lamar Alexander and three colleagues announced a series of bills aimed at renewing pieces of No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


House Gives Bipartisan Stamp of Approval to Charter Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives took what has become a rare step today: It passed an education bill with broad bipartisan support. But there was still a lot of drama behind the scenes.


From First Lady to 'Jumper in Chief'?

First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off a new project for her Let's Move! campaign to curb childhood obesity.


Obama to Make Sales Pitch for School Facilities Program

President Barack Obama will go to an Ohio high school to make a pitch for the school construction piece of his jobs plan.


Perry Defends HPV Shots, Illegal-Immigrants' In-State Tuition

Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent much of tonight's GOP presidential candidates' debate defending his record as governor, including some issues touching on education policy.


Key House Democrat Wants Hearings on Obama Jobs Plan Right Away

So will Obama big jobs plan actually reinvigorate the sluggish economy? Rep. George Miller of California, the top Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, wants to know the answer to that question.


Race to Top Runners-Up: Favorites and Underdogs

To qualify for $200 million in new Race to the Top grants, the nine runners-up from last year's state competition will have to maintain the same reform conditions that made them finalists in the first place.


Obama Calls for $60 Billion to Save Teacher Jobs, Fix Schools

Jobs to improve schools and teaching are a large part of the president's $447 billion vision for spurring the sputtering economy.


Perry Defends Ed. Record, Gingrich Praises Race to Top

School choice, Race to the Top, and the state of education in Texas all came up in the latest debate between GOP candidates for president.


NEA Has High Hopes for Obama's Jobs Speech

President Obama spoke with Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the nation's largest teachers union today and told him that school modernization and jobs (although not necessarily education jobs) will be a focus of his speech tomorrow.


Ed. Dept. Releases Rules for Race to the Top, Round 3

States that just barely missed winning a Race to the Top grant can compete in Race to the Top Round 3: The All-Bridesmaid Edition.


Lawmaker Eyes School Construction to Spur Economy

School construction funding is the centerpiece of a bill to be introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., top Democrat on the House appropriations panel that oversees K-12 spending.


Don't Trash Talk the Tubers (or Corn, Peas, or Lima Beans)

Some U.S. senators are fighting a proposal that would cut the amount of potatoes, peas, corn, and lima beans served in school meals.


Duncan to Talk Education and the Economy in Swing States

On the eve of Obama's job speech, Duncan is traveling to electorally important states to talk about education and the economy.


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