A majority of urban districts think SIG will make a difference in the long-run for schools that are struggling the most, according to a report released today by the Council of the Great City Schools, an organization in Washington which represents 65 of the nation's largest school districts.


Ten states were granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act today: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennesse—some of them conditionally. New Mexico will have to wait.


The federal role in K-12 education would be almost entirely eviscerated under a bill introduced today by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.


President Obama is expected to make some big asks on higher-education, including a Race to the Top for colleges, in his budget proposal, due out Monday.


President Obama hosts the 2nd White House science fair, and unveils some new STEM initiatives.


State finances are beginning to rebound, a survey finds, and states are making progress on some policies pushed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, especially data-systems, and standards and assessments.


Congressmen John Kline and Duncan Hunter ask the IRS to craft proposed pension rules in a way that does not prevent charter school employees from taking part in state retirement plans.


School superintendents, principals, and school board members found a lot to like in a draft bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


The National Governor's Association wants Congress to give states lots of running room when it comes to crafting their accountability plans, according to an interim proposal outlining NGA's priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Charter school advocates are worried about a notice of proposed rulemaking that they say could force states to ban charter school teachers from taking part in state retirement plans.


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