Right now, there seems to be no clear enforcement mechanism for making sure that the proposals are actually put into practice.
The president has assembled a panel of leaders who will push for free community college on a state-by-state basis, since Congress hasn't moved forward on a national plan.
The Kentucky senator wants to paint rival GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and the former Florida governor's brother with the same brush on education policy.
Every one of the 42 states that has a waiver applied for renewal, and most have already gotten the green light to hang onto their flexibility for at least one more year. Still waiting in the wings: Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas.
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Stanford education heavy-hitter Linda Darling-Hammond has launched a new think tank intended to bring evidence into education policy.
The White House launched the program in 2013, and has drawn financial support from ed-tech providers and private organizations with the goal of improving digital education and Web connectivity.
His forthcoming departure puts added pressure on lawmakers in both chambers to come to an agreement on their respective ESEA overhauls before the end of the year.
The administration has quietly allowed more than a dozen waiver states until Obama's last year in office to fully put in place teacher-evaluation systems based on test scores.
The GOP presidential hopeful and former Florida governor also talked about immigration at a town hall meeting Tuesday with high school students in Miami.