Eleven states, including Colorado and Louisiana, are considered top contenders to share $500 million in grants as part of the U.S. Department of Education third round of Race to the Top, which is focused on early learning.


We learned from Arne Duncan's first Twitter town hall that 10 days of testing is too much, merit pay for teachers should be voluntary, and that the U.S. Secretary of Education is a Twitter "novice."


The U.S. Department of Education has quietly invited states and schools using the most popular of four school improvement models to apply for some extra time to figure out the trickiest component of the federal turnaround strategy.


In case you've been living under a rock, the D.C. metropolitan area just experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Naturally, this has major implications for K-12 policy that are best explored through Twitter.


States seeking some of the $500 million in new Race to the Top money have until Oct. 19 to say how they will improve early education programs through new standards, assessments, and rating systems.


In this Q-and-A with author Steven Brill, he questions whether Hawaii and New York deserved their Race to the Top awards.


Texas gets a mixed report card on class sizes, funding, and college- and career-ready standards. But things aren't as bad as US. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says.


Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his staff considered several options as they tried to put Louisiana and Colorado in the Race to the Top winners' circle, the author says, even though the outside judges had scored them too low.


Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, unequivocally and in no uncertain terms, said today that states absolutely do not have to participate in Common Core in order to qualify for one of the department's to-be-determined NCLB waivers.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan feels "very, very badly" for the children in Texas, where Republican Gov. Rick Perry has pushed through policies that have raised class sizes and cut funding, according to an interview Duncan gave on Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital With Al Hunt" airing Aug. 19- 20.


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