Obama's to-do list includes items that would need congressional funding and approval, and items that can be put in place under executive order.
The U.S. Department of Education is giving serious consideration to offering a district-level NCLB waiver to just a few districts in California.
Even though Hawaii has completed 90 percent of its Race to the Top checklist, an approved teachers' contract is the final, crucial missing piece.
The U.S. Department of Education has threatened to withhold $37.9 million from Maryland's Race to the Top grant over teacher-evaluation woes.
The Senate Education committee is likely to hold an oversight hearing on the NCLB waivers, which so far haven't gotten much formal congressional scrutiny.
Head Start and federal child care grants could be squeezed by automatic, across-the-board cuts set to hit in March, unless Congress acts.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said California's request for an NCLB waiver does not meet the "high bar" needed for a waiver.
Rokita sought to slim down the U.S. Department of Education and to allow states to opt out of federal K-12 programs.
Education programs are spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily.
School districts and states are bracing for the possibility of the biggest cut in federal education aid in recent history.