April 2012 Archives

Duncan Road Tests General Election Speech to "Mom Congress"

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

Former Ohio State Chief Confirmed as K-12 Assistant Secretary

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.

House Approves Bill Heading Off Loan Rate Hike

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.

Return of the Friday Reading List: Obama, Romney, and Algebra

Welcome back to the Friday reading list. If you haven't already, check out these good reads.

Flurry of Bills Introduced to Stop Student Loan Rate Hike

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.

Reform-ey Groups to Congress: Fund Competitive Grants

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.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Common Core

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

Romney, Obama on Same Page When It Comes to Loan Rates

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.

Lawmakers Want Rural Focus in District Race to Top

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 Endorses Anti-Bullying Legislation

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.

New $60 Million in Promise Neighborhoods Grants Announced

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.

'Secret Meeting' in South Carolina Held to Quash ESEA Waiver

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.

Poll: After Pizza, Potatoes, and Pink Slime Issues, Changes Favored

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.

Obama Administration Seeks to Remake Career-Tech Programs

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.

States' Waivers Weak on Extended Learning Time, Report Says

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.

Did Romney Slip by Saying He'd Slash the Dept. of Ed.?

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 ...

Is Hawaii One Step Closer to Losing Race to Top Grant?

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.

GAO Criticizes Ed. Dept. On School Improvement Grant Program

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 Suspends Campaign; Will Romney Start Talking K-12?

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.

New $133 Million Available for Race to Top Early Learning Grants

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.

How Can Romney Bridge the Gender Gap? Talk About Education.

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.)

What Would Big, Giant Proposed Cuts Mean for Your K-12 Program?

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?

More Baby Steps for Politics K-12

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

Voters Want to Hear More About Education This Election Season

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.

College Debt Continues to Steal Campaign Spotlight

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.

Federal Anti-Bullying Website Is Expanded, Updated

StopBullying.gov has more information and can be followed through social media, too.

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