The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported NCLB and hired former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, but it seems to have decided other things were more important than education this election year.

Time might be running out for advocates of early childhood programs to see some sort of new investment in a fund to help states improve their programs, a priority for the Democratic administration and members of both parties in the Democratic-For-Now Congress. A group of House lawmakers, including both Democrats and Republicans, has sent a letter to Rep. David Obey, the chairman of the House Appropriations panel that oversees K-12 spending, and Rep. Todd Tiahart of Kansas, the top Republican, asking them to pretty please support a $300 million investment in early childhood programs already approved by Senate lawmakers. The ...

Certain types of harassment rooted in sexual orientation or religious differences may be a federal civil rights violation, the U.S. Department of Education says.

The U.S. Department of Education held an edu-stakeholders meeting on Friday afternoon to chat about everything from early-childhood programs to Race to the Top. (Politics K-12 sits through these things so you can spend your Fridays at happy hour.) Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off the forum, saying the department is hoping to get about $300 million from Congress for a new early childhood education initiative. President Obama talked about early childhood education a lot on the campaign trail, saying he'd like to provide an additional $10 billion a year for the programs, but that money hasn't materialized. And ...

Way, way back in the spring of 2009, I talked to a very smart school superintendent, in Bentonville, Ark., who told me that the stimulus could be the worst thing ever for proponents of increased education spending. "I can hear Chester Finn now," Gary Compton said, referring to the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, who generally doesn't think that more money for schools equals better results. "We gave public education $100 billion and have ACT scores gone up? Have we closed the divide between rich and poor kids?' ... That's always your biggest fear, that this ...

The closely watched Delaware Senate contest scored another straight-to-YouTube moment yesterday.

The midterms are almost here! And education is starting to come up in some of the senatorial debates. Out in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, and GOP challenger Sharron Angle discussed the federal role for K-12. You can view their exchange on the Democratic-leaning Huffington Post. Angle said the Education Department makes "one-size-fits-all policy" that benefits no one and skims off money form schools. She said that schools have gotten worse since the department was established 30ish years ago. Reid calls the Department of Education "the Department of Energy" (oops!) but says Nevadans really rely on programs ...

Politics K-12 points out good reads from across the web, along with an education candidate whose name hints she might know the future of school reform.

Arne Duncan and the presidents of the national teachers' unions just announced plans for a summit to show the world that unions and managers can indeed get along. Really.

The NEA is stepping up its game with new ads designed to protect some vulnerable Democrats.

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