Several education department officials have strong connections to the Gates Foundation.
Steve Robinson, himself a former science educator, will be focusing on science, math, engineering, and technology issues.
Mark Sanford is asking the White House for the right to use stimulus money to pay down the state's school construction debt.
Urban superintendents and school board members who were in Washington this week got lots of face time with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Mike Smith says there are some weak arguments in favor of common standards.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he expects to issue a decision at the end of this month on whether to make any changes to the regulations that Margaret Spellings, his predecessor, issued last year.
Duncan said that states and districts should put formula funding and state stabilization money to good use if they want to be considered for Race to the Top and other competitive grant funding.
Tom Toch will be the executive director of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.
Check out Vice President Joe Biden's tough-love advice to state officials during a White House meeting this week on stimulus implementation, among other good reads.
Education secretary Arne Duncan has hired an Illinois union official to be a senior adviser.