Alexander said that he and his staff have been working in close concert with the President Obama and his staff on substance of the reauthorization.
It's hard to discern the shape the Democratic candidate for president's K-12 policies might take from her rhetoric on standards and assessments.
The flexibility under the NCLB law comes with an asterisk: States will still need to set student achievement targets, known as "AMOs," for the 2014-15 school year.
New faces at the Education Department, bus-driver voting patterns, and an AFT ad to get you through to the weekend.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who once said he'd like to scrap the U.S. Department of Education, is joining the very, very crowded GOP presidential field.
Applicants for both grants can focus on teacher quality, implementing high standards, and high school redesign.
The union's top leadership sat down earlier this week and chatted with three folks vying for the Democratic nomination: Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State; Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor, and Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who considers himself an independent socialist.
The issue of whether the bipartisan Senate ESEA reauthorization bill includes enough protections for poor and minority students is sure to be one of the biggest debates if the bill is brought the Senate floor, as it's expected to sometime this summer.
Now that federal officials have given New Hampshire permission to try local assessments, will it be easy for other states to get the same deal? Maybe not, if Kansas' experience is any guide.
When the Senate's ESEA reauthorization bill is called up for debate at the end of this month or early July, messaging will be crucial to garnering support for the bill from both sides of the aisle.