States that can't apply for No Child Left Behind waivers by mid-February can request to keep their proficiency targets at current levels as they apply for waivers in later rounds.
States will get an extra 15 months to implement the most challenging parts of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund requirements, which include collecting higher-education data.
So far, state schools' chiefs are welcoming the Obama administration's waiver package, even though it does come with some significant strings.
Last night's GOP presidential debate offered the clearest sign yet that the Republican field is united on K-12 policy: Basically, they all want the feds out.
A plan unveiled today would waive key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, including the 2014 deadline for student proficiency in math and language arts.
President Barack Obama tomorrow will unveil long-awaited details of what states will have to do to gain some flexibility under No Child Left Behind. Let's recap what we already know, although the White House and Education Department could have made last-minute changes. And it will be interesting to see just what kind of changes officials do end up making. This will likely be an all-or-nothing waiver package, with states having to sign up for three kinds of waivers. And, in exchange, states would have to adopt certain policies or reform conditions. Over the summer, Politics K-12 detailed what those waivers ...
Overall education funding would remain stagnant, though some programs could see money restored, under a measure approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
A second national conference on bullying was yet another reminder of the current administration's emphasis on combating what is seen as a growing problem.
The nation's two largest teachers unions are among the top 100 donors to the 12 members of Congress who make up the powerful deficit-reduction panel, a campaign-contribution website says.
A group Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann belongs to leads opposition to acceptance of gay youths in a Minnesota school district that largely overlaps with her Congressional district.