NCLB waivers, the presidential election, and the Race to the Top competition were big stories this year.
Key federal K-12 programs are likely to be cut by 8.2 percent at the beginning of the new year, although most school districts won't feel the pain until next September.
The denial of the waiver request means the most populous state in the country, with the biggest congressional delegation, will be stuck with the No Child Left Behind as it is.
Putting armed security personnel in schools is the "only proven" way to protect students from would-be killers, says Wayne R. LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's CEO.
In his first public appearance since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on the nation to tighten gun control laws, improve access to mental health, and curb the glorification of violence in movies and video games.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who had a shot at the job, will stay on as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
Trying to keep up with all the confusing back-and-forth about the fiscal cliff and how it relates to federal education programs? Here's your watchword as you read about various proposals: spending.
In the Race to the Top district contest, a single point separated the winners from the losers—showing the power of a single peer reviewer.
The group will present its recommendations on gun violence, mental health issues, and other policies in time for the president's January State of the Union speech.
The 16 winners must now work with the U.S. Department of Education to write detailed plans that will turn their ideas into reality.