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Early Capitol Hill Response Mixed on Obama Higher Ed. Proposals

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 Stepping Down from CEP Jan. 31

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


Obama Proposes New Race to Top Aimed at Higher Ed.

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 Hearts English Immersion, Mrs. Gingrich Likes Music Education

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


Business, Civil Rights Groups Blast Kline's NCLB Proposal

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.


Harkin, Miller to Education Secretary: Set a High Bar for Waivers

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.


New USDA School Meal Rules Cut Calories, Salt; Not Potatoes

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


Obama Wants Lower College Costs, Higher Dropout Age

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.


Educators to Sit in First Lady's Box During 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.


After Major Race to Top Setback, Hawaii Ponders Next Steps

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.


Education Expected to Take Turn in State of the Union Spotlight

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


Gingrich Supports Limited Version of DREAM Act

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.


Ex-Ohio Schools' Chief Nominated to Key Federal K-12 Post

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.


In Big Setback for Race to Top, Hawaii Teachers Reject Contract

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.


A Conversation With Arne Duncan

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


Duncan: It's Time to Create Race to Top for Districts

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.


Santorum: Oops, I Voted the Wrong Way on NCLB

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


Testing Champion Romney Sails to N.H. Victory

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.


Advocates, Policymakers Give Mixed Early Reviews to ESEA Draft

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.


Big Race to Top Problems in Hawaii, Florida, N.Y., Says Ed. Dept.

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.


Monday Reading List: The All N.H. GOP Primary Edition

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


Transparency Watch: How 'Public' is NCLB Waiver Judging?

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 GOP NCLB Proposal Would Scale Back Federal Role

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.


CCSSO to Congress, Obama: Write a Bipartisan NCLB Bill

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.


House to Release Teacher, Accountability Bills This Week

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.


Feds Plan to Help Teens, Young Adults Find Summer Jobs

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


Narrow Iowa Winner Romney Has Long Education Record

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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