The letter from 34 state superintendents caps a rising wave of concern that administering student assessments through two big multistage consortia puts student data privacy at risk.
A department spokeswoman would not comment on whether marijuana legalization efforts will change the messaging or policy for its drug prevention programs.
Obama typically uses his annual address to Congress to outline an edu-wish list for the year.
U.S. Department of Education records confirm that Success for All was the highest-rated Investing in Innovation scale-up application again in 2013. And for a second year in a row, it didn't get funded.
Every year, the nation's largest teachers' union gives an A-through-F grade to every member of Congress, taking into account how they vote on key issues.
In his state of the state speech last night, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence offered perhaps his strongest indication yet that he wants the state to drop entirely out of the common core.
The spending bill is the first since Congress temporarily put the brakes on sequestration, the 5 percent, across-the-board cuts to federal programs that went into effect last March.
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House education committee and a member of Congress for four decades, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election after this term.
After New York is dinged for not putting a list of reward schools online versus sending out a press release, some are wondering if federal officials are monitoring the right things.
There may not be enough new money at lawmakers' disposal to fund both programs at a level that makes the White House happy.