Advocates are asking the department for what they see as the next best thing to more money: Greater flexibility with the funds they actually have.
Parents would be able to take their child's Title I dollars to any school of their choice, including a private school, under an amendment to the Senate budget.
The U.S. Department of Education will consider extending project deadlines for one year for Race to the Top winners that need more time.
The legislation doesn't have major implications for K-12 schools, but it does govern some job training programs that have an education component.
Could school choice legislation be coming to a Congress—or at least to a GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives—near you? Vouchers, which are seeing some fresh momentum in states, aren't a new idea, politically—many Republicans in Washington have long been fans. (For instance, U.S. Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the House speaker, has long been a big champion of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.) And now Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the second-top-banana in the House, is getting in on the act. Cantor doesn't have a long record on K-12, but it's clear he wants folks...
U.S. Sen. Harkin is planning to introduce an amendment to a year-long spending bill that would make the across-the-board sequestration cuts a little easier for schools to cope with.
Legislators have taken an interest in early childhood education.
The Network for Public Education will support political candidates who oppose high-stakes testing, mass school closures, and the "privatizing" of public schools.
As part of its Education Nation project, NBC News has created an interactive map highlighting states' new academic goals for schools under No Child Left Behind Act waivers.
Carmel Martin, who has been one of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's right-hand people, will leave the Education Department and head to the Center for American Progress.