The California Republican, elected in 2006, doesn't have nearly as long a resume on K-12 as did current Speaker John Boehner going into the job.
The U.S. Department of Education is awarding millions under the Charter School Program to fund new charters and expand high-performing networks.
Sources say that the National Education Association, the country's largest union, could endorse the Democratic candidate in a presidential primary battle as early as Friday
A long shutdown could disrupt aid to schools and colleges, the U.S. Department of Education warns.
States that have adopted new tests, or made significant changes to their old ones, will have to undergo peer review by the U.S. Department of Education within the next four to eight months, according to department officials.
The only district-level waiver from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act will be around for at least one more year.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, was the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee when Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, and played a key role in shepherding NCLB through the legislative process.
The initiative, called the Native Youth Communities Projects Program, encourages grantees to blend strategies to close the achievement gap with culturally relevant programs.
"Public school students should not be penalized because they chose to attend a public charter school," the two congressional representatives wrote to Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz.
John King, a senior adviser to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, acknowledged that the recently completed English-learner tool kit is merely the department's "first installment" in support of ELLs.