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.
A list of stories that you probably won't see on this blog next year.
NCLB waivers, the presidential election, and the Race to the Top competition were big stories this year.
Key federal K-12 programs are likely to be cut by 8.2 percent at the beginning of the new year, although most school districts won't feel the pain until next September.
The denial of the waiver request means the most populous state in the country, with the biggest congressional delegation, will be stuck with the No Child Left Behind as it is.