Most Race to the Top states are keeping their participating districts on board, even as a couple of states run into trouble.
Student loans were the number one topic when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the House education panel today on President Barack Obama's budget proposal.
Thirty-seven states plus the District of Columbia now have their own federally approved but state-crafted accountability plans.
A spokesman for the U.S. Secretary of Education said federal officials are thinking through the concerns about high stakes tied to the common core "carefully."
New funding for STEM education at the U.S. Department of Education included in the U.S. Senate's immigration legislation.
Fewer students will likely participate in a national test designed to see how well American kids are mastering civics, history, and geography - thanks to the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.
Each of the 12 original Race to the Top states, plus the seven third-round winners, promised to adopt and implement the common core standards.
Employees at the U.S. Department of Education won't face furloughs due to the cuts from sequestration, according to a memo sent to staff late this afternoon.
Student loan interest rates are slated to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent this summer, unless Congress and the administration do something to stop it.
Philosophical differences on a couple of key areas have scuttled the chance at bipartisanship between the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate's education committee.