Michelle Obama Speech Plans Changed to Address Topeka Graduation Concerns

The first lady will instead speak at a "Senior Recognition Day."


Arne Duncan Revokes Washington State's NCLB Waiver

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yanked Washington state's waiver Thursday, making the Evergreen State the first to lose flexibility from many of the mandates of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.


Arne Duncan Has Reached a Verdict on Washington State's Waiver

U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan has already decided whether to revoke Washington state's No Child Left Behind waiver, according to a Seattle Times story. But we still don't know exactly what the decision is.


A Guide to the Many Phases and Faces of Race to the Top

Race to the Top started out as a competition among states who agreed to embrace certain K-12 education redesign principles—but it didn't stay that way.


Latest Investing in Innovation Contest to Start in Full Force This Week

Applications will be available Friday for schools and nonprofits that want a shot at the largest awards available from this year's $135 million i3 contest.


Plans to Have Michelle Obama Speak at Graduation Cause a Stir in Topeka

Plans to combine ceremonies for the city's five high schools may mean fewer guests for each graduate, which some families have objected to.


At Long Last, Illinois Approved for No Child Left Behind Waiver

At long last, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has granted his home state of Illinois a waiver from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.


Ed. Dept. Allows Kansas to Use Field Tests for Students With Disabilities

After dropping out of Smarter Balanced, Kansas had to submit a special double-testing waiver to use common-core aligned field tests for students in special education.


Arne Duncan on Waivers, Common Core, and Teacher Prep

Here's an edited transcript of a 30-minute Q-and-A with the U.S. Secretary of Education, who touched on the important decisions he's facing in his remaining time in office.


Rural Education Advocate to Serve as Top Democrat on House K-12 Subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, an Iowan who is a major champion of rural schools, has been tapped to serve as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that deals with K-12 policy.


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