The 31 finalists represent 80 school districts across 21 states, including urban and rural districts. Winners, to be announced in December, will split $120 million.
Lawmakers questioned the wisdom of the Obama administration's proposal to create a new high school redesign program using U.S. Department of Labor funds.
Up to 40 grants, ranging from $2 million to $7 million, would be awarded to high schools that better prepare students for college and careers.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's comments on common core have set off a firestorm of controversy. But it's a point he's made before.
The U.S. Department of Education is refusing to disclose the top-scoring but unfunded Investing in Innovation scale-up application, which scored 77.83, because the score was not "approximately 80."
U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state chiefs that he's likely to revoke "one, two, or three" No Child Left Behind Act waivers as early as this summer.
For better or for worse, the U.S. Department of Education is making it far simpler for states to get a No Child Left Behind Act waiver extension.
A hearing at the House Education and the Workforce Committee exposed familiar rifts among federal lawmakers over the measure's costs and overall goals.
States seeking extended NCLB flexibility no longer would have to come up with plans to assure that poor and minority students have equal access to effective teachers, Politics K-12 has learned.
Despite bipartisan backing, a pre-K measure that would cost more than $30 billion in federal funds over its first five years faces big hurdles in a Congress consumed with budget cutting.