October 2011 Archives

No Trick: Candy, Cookies Among White House Halloween Treats

Although there are no white potatoes in the White House garden, it appears a little white sugar may have made its way into the bags of trick-or-treaters who visited the President and First Lady for Halloween.


GOP Contenders (Minus Romney, Perry) Debate Education

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, who is leading in some polls, said calls to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education are premature.


Report: 4 Race to Top States Lag in Teacher Evaluations

Race to the Top winners Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts and North Carolina are singled out for not having ambitious teacher-evaluation policies.


To Help Boost Economy, Obama Moves to Ease Student Debt Burden

The president will speed up a plan to cap student loan repayments at 10 percent of discretionary income as of 2012.


Gov. Perry's Tax Plan Would Slash Ed. Funding in Half

The Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful would slash half of all federal aid for elementary and secondary education programs in his quest to cut $100 billion in non-defense spending.


Transparency Watch: Secret (For Now) NCLB Waiver Judges

The U.S. Department of Education will keep secret, for now, the names of the peer reviewers who will judge states' applications for waivers under No Child Left Behind.


NCLB Waivers: Part of Obama's Re-Election Strategy

The Obama administration's plan to grant waivers to states from No Child Left Behind is becoming part of a broader re-election strategy that's meant to emphasize the president's action in the face of Congressional deadlock.


Obama Admin. Concerned With Harkin-Enzi Accountability

Sounds like the Obama administration is less than thrilled with the accountability provisions in a bill passed out of the Senate education committee yesterday.


Race to the Top: When Should We Ask for Our Money Back?

Some well-known education policy wonks get tough with the Race to the Top winners.


Senate Education Panel Approves ESEA Rewrite Bill

After a long delay, the Senate education committee has just approved a bill that would rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Melody Barnes to Exit White House

Obama's policy chief on domestic issues-including education-will leave at the end of this year.


Early-Learning Race to Top Contests: 35 State Applicants

The Early Learning Challenge Fund, a Race to the Top competition, has drawn interest from 35 states, plus D.C., who are competing for awards from $50 million to $100 million.


Senate Ed. Panel Debates Goals, Turnarounds in ESEA Bill

The Senate education committee rejects an effort to change assessments and standards for students with disabilities and debates options for low-performing schools in the second day of markup on an ESEA reauthorization bill.


Win for Franken, Loss for Waivers at Kick-Off of ESEA Markup

A bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has some bipartisan support in the Senate education committee, but it doesn't look like the markup is going to be love fest.


Civil Rights, State Chiefs, Business Groups Oppose Harkin-Enzi Bill

A broad basket of groups officially comes out against the ESEA reauthorization bill proposed by U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., objecting chiefly to the bill's accountability provisions.


ESEA Markup Paused Due to Sen. Paul Procedural Objection

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says lawmakers haven't had enough time to digest the more-than 800-page bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Loaded Issue: Senators Skin Spud Sanction

After all the mud-slinging about spuds over the course of the year, the pro-potato set has been able to hash out a way to undo limits on serving potatoes in schools.


What to Watch at Wednesday's ESEA Markup

There are 144 amendments filed in advance of Wednesday's markup of a bill to reauthorize the ESEA. More than half are from Sen. Rand Paul.


Disabilities Advocacy Group Opposes Harkin-Enzi ESEA Bill

The darling of students with disabilities in the U.S. Senate is now under fire for his proposed revision of NCLB that advocates say could allow students with disabilities to be overlooked.


Moderate Sens. Push Back on ESEA Bill's Teacher Evaluation

Teacher evaluation has already been a sticky issue in the debate over reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. And now it's getting even stickier.


Teacher Evaluation Scaled Back in Senate's Revised ESEA Draft

The latest ESEA renewal draft would require only districts that participate in the Teacher Incentive Fund to develop mandatory teacher evaluation systems.


Key Ed. Groups to Harkin: Let's Slow Down on ESEA

The National Education Association and the America Association of School Administrators wants to put the brakes on rewrite of No Child Left Behind, at least on the bill Sen. Tom Harkin has proposed.


State Chiefs Want ESEA Changes for Turnarounds, Growth

As part of a new No Child Left Behind, the Council of Chief State Schools Officers want more leeway in intervening in the lowest-performing schools, and in determining growth and performance targets.


Debate on ESEA Bill Slated for Oct. 19 in Senate Committee

The bill to be debated next week reflects "10 months of bipartisan negotiations."


Teacher Evaluation At Issue In ESEA Debate

Teacher evaluation is definitely an area to watch as the Senate debates a renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act.


42 Applicants Lining Up for NCLB Waivers

California, New York, and Texas are among the states that did not tell the U.S. Department of Education they planned to apply for a waiver under No Child Left Behind.


Unions Still Mulling Harkin ESEA Bill

Early reaction from the two national teachers' unions suggests teacher evaluation could be a sticking point.


Civil Rights, Disability Groups Trash Harkin NCLB Bill

Advocates for poor and minority students, students with disabilities, and others sent a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wy., expressing deep concerns with legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Senate ESEA Draft Bill Would Scrap Adequate Yearly Progress

Proposed legislation would eliminate the 2013-14 deadline for bringing all students to proficiency in math and reading, but keep the law's testing regime in place.


ARRA Funding Cliff: States Cling to Cash as Deadlines Loom

Although Sept. 30 was the deadline for states to "obligate" the majority of their stimulus funds, some still have big balances left and, technically, have until Jan. 3 to deplete their funds.


Subgroup Accountability at Issue in ESEA Renewal

The National Council of La Raza, which advocates for English-language learners, is worried about the potential impact of language in a widely circulated draft of a Senate plan to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Bennet to Introduce Teacher Prep, ARPA-ED Amendments

Sen. Bennet is pleased that the committee appears poised to include salary comparability and Race to the Top in its ESEA renewal bill.


Senators Consider Codifying Race to the Top in ESEA

Race to the Top, first created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, would become an authorized part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act under a draft of Senate education leader's reauthorization propoal.


Coalition of Ed. Reform Groups Releases Teacher Evaluation Ideas

Now that the Senate is getting close to consideration of a bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, groups are beginning to release their ideas on key aspects of the law, including teacher quality.


Details Emerge on Senate ESEA Discussions

A draft NCLB proposal would put a strong federal focus on the lowest-performing schools and those with big achievement gaps.


NEA Likes Senate GOP's Bill to Overhaul NCLB

Count the National Education Association as a fan (for the most part) of the No Child Left Behind Act renewal bill put forth last month by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.


Proposed Rules About School Meals Remain a Hot Potato

If some folks had their way, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rules about school meals, in particular the part about potatoes, might be better off without a section limiting starchy veggies.


District Advocates Favor House Education-Spending Bill

Some district officials would rather see increases for Title I grants for disadvantaged kids and special education than new money for the Obama reform priorities, including Race to the Top.


White House Says Bill Would Save 400,000 Education Jobs

The American Jobs Act would save nearly 400,000 jobs, if states spent all the money in one year, according to a report released today by the White House.


Promise Neighborhoods Program Draws Flood of Applications

The latest $30 million in grants to help schools and non-profits work together on wraparound services drew 234 applicants.


Burr NCLB Bill Would Consolidate 59 Education Programs

The legislation would create two funding streams. One would be aimed at improving teaching and learning, and the other would seek to bolster student health and safety.


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