By guest blogger Erik Robelen: Not only is there a new ranking Republican on the House education committee, Republicans now are getting a new staff director for the panel, Barrett Karr, who brings experience both in Congress and in the George W. Bush White House. Rep. John Kline, of Minnesota, the top Republican on the committee, made the announcement today. (See Alyson's recent post on her interview with Rep. Kline here.) A press release from the committee tells us that Karr brings "a wealth of knowledge on education, health care, and labor issues gained during a 13-year career that spanned ...


By guest blogger Erik Robelen: Better read this fast and start commenting. The Education Department this afternoon released draft guidance offering more details on the waivers states and districts may seek from Title I requirements as they spend the $10 billion made available under the economic-stimulus law for that program. Those wishing to submit comments to the department on the guidance have until next Monday, July 13, to do so. That's right, folks: Just six days. The 46-page document deals with a variety of issues, from the law's school choice and supplemental education services provisions to "maintenance of effort" and ...


A coterie of education big wigs, including Secretary Arne Duncan, weigh in on the pros and cons of mayoral control while the law's fate in NYC hangs in the balance.


The Education Secretary took on some of the prized benefits of being a teacher: tenure, the salary schedule, and union protection.


This chunk of the stabilization fund is meant to help out states as they face increasing budget pressures.


New NYC Board of Education votes to keep Joel I. Klein as chancellor, affirms support of mayoral control.


From guest blogger Lesli A. Maxwell So, there's less than 12 hours to go before New York City's mayoral control law expires, and the New York Senate remains in utter chaos, with few signs that sanity will prevail fast enough for members to settle on who is in charge of that chamber and to actually hold a vote on anything. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been using some pretty over the top rhetoric in recent days, said in a news conference earlier today that if the law that gave him authority over the city's public schools is allowed to lapse, "the...


If you think Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his staff don't read the comments on their ed.gov blog, then think again. As part of Duncan's Listening and Learning Tour, which will take him to at least 15 states in town-hall style meetings on education reform, the department has launched an online conversation asking for comments. A comment about raising academic standards from a high school world history teacher in Princeton, Texas—Kyle Brenner—must have resonated with the education secretary. Enough so that Mr. Duncan called Brenner today to talk about his post. So if you leave a comment, ...


Texas and Wyoming are among the eight states that still haven't submitted their stabilization fund applications.


Another stimulus package could very possibly be Coming Soon to a Congress Near You, at least if Warren Buffett has his way.


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