Emma Vadehra, a former education department staffer who spent the last two years at Uncommon Schools, will take the post.
It's not everyday that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issues a statement in response to a district meltdown—but he just did in the case of Philadelphia. His statement, urging district, city, and state leaders to fix the financial mess and directing his department to offer technical assistance, comes after a June 28 letter in which AFT President Randi Weingarten and historian Diane Ravitch joined forces to urge him to intervene. Here's the full text of his statement: There's no excuse for a public school system anywhere in the U.S. to be in this situation in the ...
Fourteen states said they can't or won't apply to the U.S. Department of Education for additional time to tie personnel decisions to teacher evaluations.
Nine California districts are proceeding as if they will get their flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education.
Despite being on federal "high-risk" status, the Aloha State has finished almost all of its Race to the Top work.
Only five states still have pending applications with the U.S. Department of Education for No Child Left Behind Act waivers.
Back in 2009, the Obama administration and Congress gambled $3 billion on a big nationwide effort to turn around the lowest performing schools
The education secretary asserted that the federal government didn't write the common-core standards, didn't mandate them, doesn't regulate them--and never will.
Illinois officials are wondering what the Education Secretary's new flexibility on teacher evaluations means for their waiver application, which continues to languish.
Some chiefs found the department's messaging on teacher evaluation less than helpful.