Education advocates and local school officials are nervously eyeing a series of draconian cuts set to hit just about every federal program next year, now that a bipartisan panel tasked with making recommendations for trimming the nation's deficit has failed to reach agreement

Gov. Mitt Romney's comments about beer and Mormonism in a forthcoming interview with People magazine are snagging lots of attention around the web, after Politico's Playbook published a snippet of the interview today. But we at Politics K-12 are perplexed by Romney's comments on education policy, an area on which he says he has some common ground with President Barack Obama. Here's the relevant exchange: PEOPLE: In the holiday spirit of comity, can you say one thing President Obama has done right? Romney: "He's a good example of a husband and father. Some of his education initiatives—merit pay for ...

The Senate subcommittee overseeing children and families will examine federal child abuse laws, in the wake of the events at Pennsylvania State University.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hasn't been following the GOP presidential debates because he has "a real job to do," according to an interview set to air on Bloomberg EDU, a radio program to be broadcast tonight at 10 p.m.

Democrats are pushing to make pizza a political issue, lobbing criticism at Republicans for allowing a slice of cheese pizza to continue to count as a vegetable on school lunch trays.

The field of 21 judges who will help decide which states get a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act is dominated by education policy experts with deep experience working for state departments of education.

The top Democrat on the House education committee wants a hearing into whether Congress needs to consider changes to federal laws designed to protect children.

So you've heard a lot about the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. But there's this whole other law that gets much less attention: The Education Sciences Reform Act, which created the Institute for Education Sciences back in 2002. Today, the House Education and the Workforce subcommittee on K-12 education held the first hearing on the reauthorization of ESRA, which has been pending since 2008. Sarah Sparks, of Inside School Research Fame, wrote a great preview, and tweeted the hearing. Perhaps not surprisingly, the politics of education research aren't nearly as charged as the politics of, say, accountability. ...

The nine runners-up states from last year's Race to the Top are eligible to split $200 million for STEM projects, but must meet several requirements before they can pitch their projects.

The U.S. Department of Education did not standardize scores to determine this year's winners of the Investing in Innovation competition, an important change over last year.

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