The Thomas B. Fordham's Institute's longstanding president, Chester E. "Checker" Finn Jr., steps down Aug. 1.
Georgia, Delaware, Minnesota, New York, and South Carolina are the latest to receive extensions of their flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education.
The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.
U.S. Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday that would tighten restrictions on the use of student data.
House Republicans include far less funding in their aid package to address the surge of child immigrants at the border than Senate Democrats.
At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.
Not having to negotiate with federal officials on the finer points of teacher evaluation, rigorous standards, or school turnarounds has made it easier to chart their own paths, some education leaders say.
The House passed three higher education bills this week as part of its piecemeal efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which the Senate is also trying to tackle.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to the National Urban League, where he touched briefly on school choice topics, including charter schools and vouchers.
The Senate Appropriations Committee officially released its education spending proposal for fiscal year 2015, and the House Budget Committee unveiled a series of education policy proposals.