The stakes in keeping close watch on districts could be high for states—so far the department has put states on "high risk" status (meaning that they are in danger of losing a waiver) for problems relating to teacher evaluation.
Samuel Halperin, a longtime leader on education policy and among the architects of landmark federal laws of the 1960s, died May 6 in Washington.
Bipartisan charter school legislation is expected to sail through the U.S. House of Representatives later this week. And now a cadre of bipartisan cadre of senators are slated to introduce their own, nearly identical charter bill.
In a May 6 "dear colleague" letter, the federal education department upheld the rights of schools to use affirmative-action policies despite a Supreme Court ruling in April.
Senators discussed NCLB waivers, early-childhood education, and overall funding with the U.S. Secretary of Education at a hearing about the president's education spending request.
The administration would award $250 million in new early learning money, in two kinds of grants: one to states that already have robust early learning programs, and another to those just getting started.
The big partisan education legislation logjam seems to be breaking, at least a little bit, for more targeted bills
Arizona, Kansas, Oregon, each had until Thursday to submit a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education addressing the agency's concerns with their waivers.
In its request for an extension, CORE is asking the Education Department to give districts an extra year to reach full implementation of the new teacher-evaluation system. That would mean 2016-17, rather than 2015-16.
Indiana, which recently became the first state to ditch the Common Core Standards, has landed itself in hot waiver water with the U.S. Department of Education.