Connecticut, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Vermont got approval to avoid double-testing students, while Kentucky won a one-year delay in teacher-evaluation implementation.
During his 40-year tenure, Rep. Waxman helped pass the Child Health Insurance Program and the Ryan White CARE Act.
The U.S. Department of Labor's new Youth CareerConnect grants, which will range from $2 million to $7 million, will be awarded in the spring.
In a wide-ranging interview with reporters, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his staff talked about teacher equity, common core, and waivers.
Besides the Sunshine State, Washington insiders surveyed by Whiteboard Advisors are also eyeing governors' races in New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
The Iowa Democrat, who is retiring this year, said he will "try" to get a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act done before he leaves office.
The president also mounted an indirect defense of the common-core standards and a more spirited, direct defense of his signature Race to the Top program.
President Barack Obama is expected to use his State of the Union speech to make clear he's willing to exert executive power and influence to push his education priorities.
Sens. Lamar Alexander, of Tennessee, and Tim Scott, of South Carolina, are planning legislation to dramatically expand school choice, with federal financial support.
Georgia decided not to pursue an administrative hearing with the U.S. Department of Education and becomes the first state to lose part of its Race to the Top grant because it didn't implement a promised merit-pay plan.