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December 2011 Archives

Romney's Book Showcases Education Record, Policy Ideas

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the current GOP presidential frontruner, wants to see schools tout the benefits of marriage and pay their beginning teachers more.


From State of the Union to Pizza as a Vegetable...A Year in Review

Many of the big events involved the push to reauthorize ESEA, the recognition that the legislation was indeed going nowhere, and finally the acknowledgment that the accountability landscape would temporarily but significantly change as the Obama administration granted waivers under No Child Left Behind.


Gingrich Lines Up Experienced Education Adviser

Lisa Graham Keegan, who served as a top adviser on K-12 issues during Sen. John McCain's bid for the presidency in 2008, is set to join former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's campaign.


7 Runners-Up Finally Share (Much Smaller) Race to Top Prize

Some states that narrowly missed out in last year's Race to the Top contest will split $200 million to fund small pieces of their original plans, the Education Department announces.


Ed. Dept. Takes Action Against Hawaii for Race to Top Stumbles

The U.S. Department of Education is restricting Hawaii's access to its $75 million grant and planning an extensive on-site review after the state's "unsatisfactory performance" during the first year of Race to the Top.


Will Early Education Get a Piece of New Race to Top Funding?

U.S. Secretary of Education Ane Duncan won't yet commit to using new Race to the Top funding for early-learning.


State Waiver Plans: Much Work Still To Do, New Reports Say

Most states have not completed work the U.S. Department of Education wants done in conjunction with issuing waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, according to a pair of reports from the Center on Education Policy.


i3 Winners Meet Deadline to Raise $18 Million in Private Funds

The 23 winners of this year's Investing in Innovation program can now start implementing their programs after meeting the deadline to secure up to 15 percent in private, matching funds.


Mass., Tenn. Praised in New Report on NCLB Waiver Plans

Four states were identified in a new Center for American Progress report as having key missing pieces in their NCLB waiver plans: Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Oklahoma.


Five Organizations to Create New 'Promise Neighborhoods'

Five organizations will get grants to create communities that offer wrap-around services, such as health programs, to boost education.


Race to Top Early Learning: Tales of Woe for 3 States

The nine winners of the Race to the Top early learning contest are surely rejoicing at their good fortune. But three states may be especially bummed out about the results.


House Republicans Likely to Write Own NCLB Bill

GOP lawmakers on the House education committee are likely to write a Republican-only version of a bill renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education, a House GOP aide said.


9 States Win Race to Top Early Learning Grants

Six states of the nine states that will share $500 million are repeat Race to the Top winners: Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island.


House Budget Revives Money for Abstinence-Based Sex Ed

The Community-Based Abstinence Education program has the potential to be resurrected, and grow, based on Congressional action this week.


Budget Bill: Tiny Increase for Title I, Obama Ed. Programs Survive

Big priorities for President Barack Obama, including the administration's signature Race to the Top initiative, the Investing in Innovation grant program, and the School Improvement Grants, would continue.


Duncan's 82% NCLB Failure Prediction Way Off Base, New Data Show

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's warning about the proportion of schools that would "fail" under NCLB this year if Congress didn't rewrite the law was 34 percentage points too high, says a new Center on Education Policy report.


An Insider's Guide to the 11 NCLB Waiver Plans

Check out Education Week's series of stories on what's inside the applications for No Child Left Behind waivers that 11 states have submitted so far to the U.S. Department of Education.


Bill Eyes Diploma, Progress to GED for Unemployment Benefits

A House bill would require those seeking Unemployment Insurance to have a high school diploma, a GED, or be working toward one to receive benefits.


Race to the Top Likely to Stick Around

Race to the Top will continue in fiscal year 2012, and for the first time it will include a district-level competition, sources say.


First Lady has New Title: World-Record Breaker (for Jumping Jacks)

Remember how First Lady Michelle Obama was trying to break a world record about jumping jacks? She did it


Romney Hits Gingrich on Child Labor Law Stance

Newt Gingrich's comment that child labor laws should be changed to give students a chance to work in their school buildings was an early flashpoint in the latest GOP presidential debate.


Health Care Law Yields More Grants for School-Based Health Centers

More school-based health clinics will be upgraded, expanded, or built from scratch, and they will eventually add enough capacity to serve about 53,000 students across the country, thanks to a fresh infusion of federal cash.


Perry: Let Us Pray--In Schools

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry has launched a new campaign ad, promising to end "Obama's war on religion", including limits on prayer in schools.


NCLB Waivers: Montana Says No Thanks

Montana schools' chief Denise Juneau cited the financial cost as one reason her state won't seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind.


Is Gingrich an Edu-Flip-Flopper?

Does Gingrich's record on K-12 make him an education-flip-flopper...or someone with nuanced, evolving positions?


Iowa GOP Voters Favor Scrapping Department of Education

Getting rid of the U.S. Department of Education is high on the wish list of Republican voters in Iowa, who next month hold the first-in-the-nation caucus to select a GOP presidential nominee.


Civil Rights Officials Issue More Flexible Rules on Use of Race in School Assignments; Admissions

New guidelines meant to clarify what educators may legally do to achieve diversity and reduce racial isolation in schools.


NCLB Waiver Plans: How Important Are Subgroups and AMOs?

The first round of state applications for flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act raises significant questions about the future of state-led accountability systems.


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