Tim Pawlenty, the former two-term Minnesota governor, has a lengthy resume of education policy activism that will likely influence the education platform of his presidential bid.
Daren Briscoe, a former Newsweek reporter who joined the Obama administration in 2009, will be the new deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.
With a key Congressman giving NCLB "no chance" of being rewritten by August, the U.S. Department of Education will likely start focusing on waivers to give states relief from the law's penalties.
A coalition of state schools chiefs argues that the federal government must ensure rigorous accountability for "all schools and students."
The administration's four school-improvement models would stay pretty much intact, with some important tweaks, under a measure introduced last week by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan will not allow Kansas to be exempt from the No Child Left Behind requirement that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and language arts by 2014.
A U.S. House subcommittee questioned whether the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is an example of the federal government growing too large and spending too much.
"It's time to trim the fat," Rep. Duncan Hunter said in announcing the bill to cut 43 K-12 programs he described as "wasteful".
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has missed several events because of severe back pain, his office says.
The House Education and the Workforce Committee is putting the finishing touches on a bill that could eliminate more than 40 programs, advocates say.