The Center for Civic Education, which administers the We the People program, said the audit was "unduly harsh, unfair."


English-language learners, students in special education, and homeless students took center stage in the U.S. Department of Education's second "stakeholders" forum, held here in Washington today. These events are intended to help lay the groundwork for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This one attracted a much smaller and more subdued crowd than the first stakeholders' forum here, which featured a big speech on reauthorization from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Still, there was some interesting discussion on how the new, yet-to-be-named version of the law might do a better job measuring the achievement of these special ...


Finalists will be asked to bring a team to Washington to make one last sales pitch to the judges. Will they bring any Oprah-like celebrities?


Republicans questioned the 300,000 education jobs reported created or saved so far.


Nine rural school superintendents told the Education Secretary that most of the department's turnaround models will not work in rural communities.


Rep. David R. Obey, the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a major architect of the stimulus law, ranted and raved yesterday in this statement about inaccurate reporting on Recovery.gov. "Credibility counts in government and stupid mistakes like this undermine it," Obey said. "Whether the numbers are good news or bad news, I want the honest numbers and I want them now." Obey may have been thinking about reports like this recent ABC news account, which found that the Obama administration scaled back their estimate - by 60,000 - of how many jobs were created under ...


The new assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education says she feels a bit like a vice principal again, with a principal and a superintendent to answer to.


The former Republican House speaker pledged to help the Obama administration find common ground with the GOP during reauthorization.


If you haven't read Michele's thoughtful story on the final Race to the Top rules, you should do so immediately. She mentions that the Education Department has set "non-binding" spending levels for how big each winning state's grant might be. The levels are based on the number of school-age children in the state. For instance, just four states, California, Florida, New York, and Texas, are eligible for the biggest grants, ranging from $350 million to $750 million each. Not surprisingly, it sounds like some states are less than thrilled about the size of their possible awards. Take Colorado, for instance. ...


A sampling of reaction from around the blogsphere on today's release of final Race to the Top regulations: Eduflack guesses that 4 or 5 states will win grants in Round 1 (heavily weighted toward the Gates states), with a dozen or so in Round 2. Over at Flypaper, the very quotable Andy Smarick points out the absence of any mention of union contracts in the final regs, and laments the reform bar is now a little bit lower than it was in the first draft. Neal McClusky at [email protected] opines that these regs don't actually do anything. The always ...


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