The U.S. Secretary of Education, himself a former local school superintendent, isn't shy about using his bully pulpit, sometimes bruising feelings in the process.
The latest stopgap federal spending bill would continue K-12 funding at fiscal 2010 levels through April 8, but makes no new cuts to education.
District officials tell lawmakers that paperwork demanded by the federal government costs precious time and scarce dollars.
The "Big Four" lawmakers in the Senate overseeing reauthorization in that chamber have been meeting twice a week, for a couple of hours at a time, to have real, substantive discussions about reauthorization.
President Barack Obama drew a line in the sand against attempts to cut education spending as Congress struggles to come up with a federal budget for the rest of the year.
President Barack Obama is expected to give a speech this morning calling on Congress to "fix" the No Child Left Behind Act in time for the start of the next school year.
Top members of Congress overseeing reauthorization of the education law will head to the White House to talk things over.
Lawmakers had more questions about spending and return on investment than on ESEA.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan will testify today that 82 percent of the nation's schools could be considered "failing" this year under the No Child Left Behind Act.
A House bill with deep cuts to education and a Senate measure with modest increases both fail, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board.