In an interview, the education secretary says that Hurricane Katrina allowed for a new, better school system in New Orleans.

Edubloggers, including none other than Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, are having quite the back-and-forth on the issue of whether the list of Race to the Top judges should be kept a secret: Quick Reacap: Michele brought up the question last week. Then AEI's resident edu-smartypants Rick Hess gave his take. Duncan didn't respond directly, but addressed the issue here. Hess shot back, reminding the Education Department what happened when allegations of conflict of interest were raised about Reading First. And Eduwonk engaged in a lively debate... with himself. Hess explained here why one of the debating Eduwonks is wrong ...

Two alums of the Alliance for Excellence Education are likely to play key roles on Capitol Hill.

Republicans seem to have mixed views on whether the Obama administration's hopes for a bipartisan reauthorization of the law are realistic.

Despite a pledge to hold the line on many domestic programs, President Barack Obama is expected to highlight a proposed boost for K-12 education in tonight's State of the Union address to Congress.

The department is also increasing the maximum grant award that each school can receive under its Title 1 school improvement grants program.

It's not clear whether K-12 education programs would be subject to the freeze, and which ones.

The White House is gearing up for Wednesday's big state-of-the-union speech and already a few proposals are dribbling out

Folks are still sorting out the results of the Massachusetts special election, and what it means for the Democrats' congressional agenda. (In case you somehow missed it, Bay State voters selected a Republican, Sen.-elect Scott Brown, to fill the seat of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Democratic stalwart who passed away last year.) Mike Petrilli, over at Flypaper, took the first crack at explaining what all this means for the Obama administration's K-12 plans. And Alexander Russo dug up some great news stories on Brown and education; be sure to click on the one about the school assembly. Now ...

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pledged to conduct an open, transparent competition for $4 billion in Race to the Top funds. But the Education Department is falling short on one key piece: letting the public know who will judge the competition. The department has vetted and selected 60 peer reviewers, and there will be a training session for them tomorrow. But the department won't say who they are—that will be announced in April when the winners are named. These are the folks who are tasked with reading through thousands of pages of applications from 40 states,...

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