The Education Secretary took states to task for enacting laws barring student test scores from being used in teacher-evaluation decisions.


The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday, in grand fashion, (meaning not just through a press release, but a site visit as well), that it was granting New Jersey's application for state fiscal stabilization funds. This comes despite the protests of advocacy groups, which have numerous problems with the application itself, and the education department's whole stimulus process. Apparently, their arguments didn't work....


The blogsphere reacts with a healthy dose of skepticism and realism to the news that 46 states want to adopt the same set of academic standards.


It’s official. South Carolina can now get a boatload of federal aid. The state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Republican Gov. Mark Sanford must apply for the money, some $700 million, largely designated for education under the economic-stimulus law.


The colorful charter school founder offered members of Congress some unconventional notions about how the feds can help the cause.


As part of the Obama administration's larger effort to help communities affected by the near-collapse of the U.S. auto industry, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is doing his part. He announced today in Milwaukee a new competitive grant program to help develop more community college programs to help people, especially those hurt by the auto industry's decline. Don't expect this new program to have a big impact though—the total funding is only $7 million. Grants are likely to range from $300,000 to $700,000. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the some $100 billion in education ...


A key House lawmaker voiced concern about proposed shifts in Title I funding and a big boost to the Teacher Incentive Fund.


A key senator told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this morning that he’s not a fan of the Obama administration’s proposal to shift $1 billion out of Title I grants for districts into the separate Title I school improvement program.


The U.S. Secretary of Education is briefing congressional appropriations committees on the Obama administration's spending plan.


Several education advocacy organizations are riled up—as they probably should be—about a gap in the "transparency" of stimulus funds that I pointed out weeks ago. The U.S. Department of Education is refusing to make available the applications states submit for the state stabilization fund part of the stimulus package. The department only makes them public once they're approved. This does not permit the public to see beforehand what a state promised to do with its stimulus money, so that it can be compared with what a state ended up agreeing to do after any negotiations with the ...


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