This morning Arne Duncan held court with six education bloggers for an hour of Q&A. Joining in the dialogue, besides Politics K-12, were Mike Petrilli from Flypaper, "Straight Up" Rick Hess, new Education Sector executive director Richard Lee Colvin, who writes for the Quick & the Ed, Dropout Nation's RiShawn Biddle, and Dana Goldstein, formerly of the Daily Beast and American Prospect. Highlights of the conversation: • First off, the department released two guides for states: one on "smart ideas to increase productivity and student achievement" and another on flexibility states have in using existing federal dollars. Both are meant to ...
The stopgap federal spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday almost certainly spells the end of federal funding for more than a dozen education programs.
Reading programs take a hard hit in the bill keeping the federal government open until March 18 while Congress hammers out a budget for the rest of the fiscal year.
The moderates' set of principles Wednesday for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act closely mirrors the Obama administration's own vision for overhauling the law.
The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would keep the lights on at the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies for the next two weeks, but also cut spending on some programs.
The president and the Republican former governor of Florida will visit a high school in Miami that's received School Improvement Grant money to turn itself around.
One of education's biggest philanthropists has a message for governors, which he's delivering right about now at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington. Do raise class size, Bill Gates is expected to tell the governors. Continue to research effective technologies that will reach more students. Don't impose furloughs or temporarily eliminate school days to save money. And don't keep paying teachers based on longevity and advanced degrees. We'll have more on Gates' speech at edweek.org later, but until then, he offered a preview in this Washington Post opinion piece. [UPDATE (March 1): Read about Gates' speech, and ...
Schools have until March 11 to apply for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. The reward? A graduation speech delivered by President Obama.
The latest proposal would keep things afloat for two weeks and give lawmakers a chance to continue negotiations on a bill to finance the government for the rest of fiscal year 2011.
While a shutdown probably would not be a picnic for anyone, if the past is any guide, most school districts and states wouldn't feel an immediate pinch.