On the heels of a report rising student loan debt has become a direct threat to the nation's economic stability, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Vice President Joe Biden held an event in the swing state of Virginia on college affordability.
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Florida got a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act giving districts freedom from having to set aside money for tutoring, but the state legislature stepped in and will keep the requirement for at least next school year.
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing legislation that would provide $20 billion to modernize schools, $60 billion to hire teachers, and $10 billion to provide professional development to educators.
The clash between the Obama administration's support for Race to the Top and other grant programs, and folks in Congress who want bigger investments in funding for special education and disadvantaged students, is not going away anytime soon.
Chief state school officers came up to Washington this week to hear lawmakers explain why one of their top federal priorities, an honest to goodness reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, won't get done this year.
Applications for the $150 million Investing in Innovation contest are due to the U.S. Department of Education by May 29.
During a four-day on-site visit to Hawaii, officials from the U.S. Department of Education will look for "clear and compelling" evidence that the state is making good on promises it made in its winning Race to the Top plan.
State education chiefs told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan they oppose the idea of federal officials bypassing states and working directly with districts on No Child Left Behind Act flexibility.
While Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, and New York get some high marks for Race to the Top progress, Florida and Hawaii still flounder, a new Center for American Progress report says.