In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama made few explicit references to education. But his speech expounded upon themes of both public and personal accountability that are likely to influence his policy positions on education reform.

Educators gathered on Capitol Hill this morning for a reception were all smiles, but were not expecting much on education in Obama's inaugural address.

The incoming and outgoing education secretaries teamed up with John McCain and other big names at the "no excuses" group's MLK Day gathering.

That it wasn't going to be an ordinary field trip was apparent from the moment that 12 students from the KIPP Academy of Opportunity in south Los Angeles headed downtown to the Lincoln Memorial.

The drinks flowed, the sushi rolled, and the head of President-elect Obama's education-policy review team, Linda Darling-Hammond, sparkled in an elegant bronze silk gown for a reception held in her honor tonight at a swank downtown Washington hotel.

Instead of champagne flutes and string quartets, this "ball" had cotton candy, hot dogs, story time, and a puppet theater.

The kids will hear from former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, and others during their time in D.C.

Bloggers are breaking out their tuxedos—and their long underwear—to bring you live coverage of the celebration.

Even though schools didn't get much play in the campaign, the incoming administration and the new Congress seem to see education as a priority.

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its stimulus package today. And education programs are a big winner: Hot off the presses, here's a copy of the House Education and Labor Committee's release on the education section of the bill: EDUCATION FOR THE 21st CENTURY We will put people to work building 21st century classrooms, labs, and libraries to help our kids compete with any worker in the world. 21st Century Classrooms • School Construction: $20 billion, including $14 billion for K-12 and $6 billion for higher education, for renovation and modernization, including technology upgrades and energy efficiency improvements. Also includes $100...

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