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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan road-tested the administration's general election arguments on education Monday, in a speech before the "Mom Congress."


It's official! Deborah Delisle, who served as Ohio's state school chief, has been confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.


The House of Representatives voted today, 215-195, to approve a bill that would keep rates on some student loans, but there is disagreement over how to pay for the measure.


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So now that it's a presidential election issue just about everyone has put out a bill to temporarily stop the rate-hike, for at least a year, well after the election. The big question? Exactly how to pay for the change.


Education "reform" and civil rights groups, including Democrats for Education Reform, Students First, and the National Coucil of La Raza, like teh administration's focus on competitive grants.


Is right here in this must-read Education Week special report....


Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential nominee, is on board with the president's proposal to temporarily freeze interest rates on student loans. That could put him at odds with some congressional Republicans worried about the cost of the proposal.


A bipartisan group of senators wants to make sure the Obama administration doesn't leave rural schools out in the cold when it crafts the next generation of the Race to the Top competition, which is aimed at districts.


President Barack Obama today endorsed a pair of bills that would protect students who are bullied at school and in some cases, provide for students or their families to collect damages from school districts that don't act swiftly or strongly enough in students' defense.


The U.S. Department of Education will provide $60 million in grant money to new and existing recipients under the Promise Neighborhoods program to help projects aimed at promoting education, health and safety for children.


South Carolina Superintendent Mick Zais said he walked into a meeting he wasn't invited to where U.S. Rep. James Clyburn and former South Carolina Governor Richard Riley were at work convincing Education Secretary Arne Duncan not to approved the state's waiver.


The poll results released today Pew Charitable Trusts' Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project find that 80 percent of American voters are in favor national standards that would limit calories, fat, and sodium in snack and à la carte foods sold in schools and encourage the consumption of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy items.


The largest federal program for high schools, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education program, would get a major makeover under a proposal that advocates expect the Obama administration to unveil Thursday.


Most of the dozen states that have already gotten waivers don't have very good plans in place when it comes to a key piece of the U.S. Department of Education's requirements for turning around low-performing schools: extending learning time.


So presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is taking a bunch of flak for telling a room full of campaign donors that he'd slim down the U.S. Department of Education if he were elected president. In fact, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat and backer of President Barack Obama, called the statement "a raw moment of candor" according to this news account. The thing is ... Romney has already said something incredibly similar about the department's future. On national television, in fact. You can check out this transcript of an interview he did with Fox News, which ...


As the fate of Hawaii's $75 million Race to the Top grant hanging in the balance, the state legislature rejects a measure to require teacher performance evaluations.


ED needs to do a better job of making sure that the performance of contractors hired through the School Improvement Grant program is reviewed, and of making sure states have the information they need to make grant renewal decisions.


Santorum provided the biggest moment on education so far in the presidential campaign, when he called President Barack Obama a "snob" for pushing policies to ensure every student is prepared for college.


The five states that just narrowly missed winning a slice of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund will get a chance to compete for $133 million in new money, the U.S. Department of Education announced today.


Memo to Gov. Mitt Romney's team of education advisers: We've heard you have a little problem winning over the ladies (by which we mean attracting female voters.)


If Congress doesn't stop the big, giant across the board cuts to set to hit (almost) every education under the sun next January, what would that mean for you?


Alyson will be flying solo on the blog starting later this month while Michele is on maternity leave.


Voters want to hear the candidates' talk more how they plan to address issues like school funding and college affordability, according to a College Board survey.


On the heels of a report rising student loan debt has become a direct threat to the nation's economic stability, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Vice President Joe Biden held an event in the swing state of Virginia on college affordability.


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