January 2012 Archives

President Barack Obama's sweeping plans to shake up higher education funding will need to get through a politically polarized Congress, and some initial reviews are mixed.

Jack Jennings, who has led the Center on Education Policy since he founded it 17 years ago, is retiring Jan. 31.

President Barack Obama's plan would create a new, $1 billion version of his signature Race to the Top competition for states to make their higher education systems cheaper and better.

Romney reiterates his support for English immersion, and Gingrich touts his wife's expertise in music education during a recent debate.

A top GOP lawmaker's plan for rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act amounts to a "rollback" of the law, 38 business, civil rights, and other advocacy organizations said in a letter sent to its author this week.

Democratic education leaders in Congress voice concern about aspects of the 11 applications states have submitted so far for flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The USDA has unveiled the final rules about what school lunches and breakfasts should look like.

President Barack Obama called directly on universities to hold down costs and urged states to raise the dropout age to 18, according his State of the Union speech.

Education issues are supposed to be one of four main themes in President Barack Obama's state of the union speech tonight. And so a handful of educators, students, and advocates will be guests of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Fresh off a stunning blow to Hawaii's Race to the Top efforts, Gov. Neil Abercrombie pledged to make good on his state's education reform promises--with or without the help of the state teachers' union.

Look for education to be one of the policy areas highlighted by President Barack Obama as he delivers his annual, nationally televised address.

Newt Gingrich said during tonight's NBC debate that he wouldn't veto DREAM Act legislation, but would work for a "signable version" that allowed only those who enter the military to work toward citizenship.

Deborah Delisle, who served as Ohio's superintendent of public instruction when the state won a Race to the Top grant, is being nominated by President Obama to serve as the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

By a 2-1 margin, Hawaii's teachers rejected a contract that would have created a new teacher evaluation system in line with the state's Race to the Top promises, further jeopardizing the state's $75 million award.

Excerpts from an Education Week interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a wide-ranging interview, talked about a new Race to the Top for districts, his department's waiver plan, ESEA reauthorization, and his desire to stay on as secretary through a second term if Obama is re-elected.

Sen. Rick Santorum expressed major remorse over his vote in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The former governor has the longest roster of education advisers among the GOP candidates. And he has a record in the Bay State of championing standards-based reform.

Generally speaking, groups that represent school officials see the draft as a good starting point. But advocates that look out for particular groups of children, such as students in special education, are really unhappy with the draft.

The U.S. Department of Education found significant challenges in how Race to the Top is being implemented in Hawaii, New York, and Florida, according to progress reports released today.

Santorum wishes he had voted against NCLB, Romney would veto the DREAM Act, and Huntsman likes standards.

The U.S. Department of Education is refusing to make public formal feedback letters it sent to the 11 states seeking waivers under No Child Left Behind.

House Republicans released a pair of bills today that would go the furthest of any proposal yet in dismantling the federal accountability at the heart of the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act.

With Republicans on the House education committee poised to release a GOP-only bill on NCLB reauthorization, the Council of Chief State School Officers is calling on House education leaders to come together on bipartisan legislation.

The House education committee will put out draft bills this week that address the issues at the heart of the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, teacher quality and accountability, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., said.

A new federal initiative pledges to put tens of thousands of teenagers and young adults to work this summer.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a fan of standardized testing, won the Iowa caucus by the thinnest of margins, edging out former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum by eight votes.

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