The Education Department is issuing draft criteria for the $400 million in new Race to the Top competitive grants earmarked for districts.

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee is asking the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, to look into state's progress in putting in place the teacher and principal portions of their Race to Top applications

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today he doesn't get why Florida passed a law requiring districts to continue offering free tutoring to students in struggling schools, prompting an angry response from the state.

Today, teh House subcommittee that oversees K-12 education explored parent triggers, plus long-standing, oft-debated choice options for parents, including charter schools and school vouchers.

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, would end practice of counting tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable serving.

The House passed a bill that would stop the cuts—known in Inside-the-Beltway speak as "sequestration"—for a year for all programs. But education advocates—and the White House—aren't exactly celebrating.

Vermont is weighing whether to continue applying for a waiver, after back-and-forth exchange with the U.S. Department of Education has lead the state to stray far from the original proposal it sold to stakeholders.

The Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America's Health are pushing for changes from the federal Education and Health and Human Services departments to improve kids' health, noting the connection between student achievement and students who are healthy, well-fed, well-rested, and attend schools without fear of being bullied or injured.

Legislation that would stave off a proposed rate hike for student loans failed to pass a key procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate--even though the basic policy has the support of President Obama, presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and congressional Democrats and Republicans.

A number of key staffers have left Capitol Hill since October, when the Senate education committee passed an Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill that has been collecting legislative dust ever since in Broke Down Congress.

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