Common Core, Non-Common Core States Face Similar Challenges, GAO Says

It can also be pretty tricky to communicate with parents and the public about the standards, states told the GAO, which is considered Congress' investigative arm.


Some Waiver States May Be Able to Pause Accountability Systems This Year

Waiver states that are rolling out brand new assessments this school year may not have to worry about federal consequences stemming from the tests.


Jeb Bush's Entry Into Presidential Contest Would Put K-12 Front and Center

There is probably no prospective candidate in either party more closely identified with K-12 education policy than the former Republican governor from Florida.


GOP Senate Aides Working on Draft ESEA Bill That Could Ditch Annual Testing

That's an idea that's likely to prove popular with education organizations, especially teachers' unions.


Congress Tweaks School Improvement Grants, i3 in Spending Bill

Lawmakers want the School Improvement Grant program to be more flexible for states. And they want to see the Investing in Innovation grant program focused on high schools.


Arne Duncan Joins Al Sharpton's Civil Rights March

Duncan's role in the event was as a participant and marcher, not a speaker, or dignitary.


Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to Take Top Democratic Spot on Education Panel

Education advocates will be pleased to know that her top priorities for the committee include reauthorizing the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law.


Sen. Tom Harkin, Special Education Champion, Says Goodbye

Special education has been a big focus for Harkin, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1974, then the Senate in 1984.


House Education Committee Welcomes New Republican Members

Only one of the eight new GOP members of the House education panel have any real education policy experience.


N.Y. Schools Chief John King Tapped as Senior Adviser to Ed. Dept.

King's agenda in New York has been closely aligned with the Obama administration's priorities on issues such as teacher evaluations and the common core.


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