The Land of Enchantment was among the first states to get a waiver from NCLB law, so the dispute may well be a harbinger of what's to come in other states.

The U.S. Department of Education wants to know what you think about a new proposal to give applicants a leg-up in competitive-grant programs, if their proposals fit with the goals of the administration's interdepartmental "Promise Zone" initiative,

Dorie Turner Nolt takes the reins at the federal Education Department's press office. Meanwhile, John White, who oversaw outreach to rural districts and schools, moves on.

In the midst of all the fiscal drama this year, Impact Aid districts finally got some good news: A chunk of they're owed this year will arrive early.

Mitchell, who is a big champion of reforming schools of education, wouldn't be the first NewSchools talent to come to the department.

Local government education employment posted an the overall gain to 56,400 jobs since June, despite worry about massive layoffs.

School districts would have to conduct comprehensive background checks on any employee with unsupervised access to kids.

Three states, plus the Bureau of Indian Education, are still waiting for a response from the U.S. Department of Education on their waiver requests.

In a letter sent to the department today, these groups express deep concerns about waiver implementation, from how graduation rates are factored into accountability systems to how subgroups of at-risk students are being helped.

They're both issues on which the grassroots, tea party, activist side of the Republican Party doesn't see eye-to-eye with the business community.

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