Duncan's official title will be managing partner for the Palo Alto, Calif.,-based philanthropy and advocacy organization, which is led up by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.


The state requested a waiver from the federal requirement in January. Failure to meet the 95-percent requirement can lead to funding penalties for states.


Groups including AASA, The School Administrators Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Rural Education Association seek Title I funding at $450 million above the president's budget.


Negotiators will talk about interim assessments, computer-adaptive tests, and how to handle special populations. But some of the most interesting topics aren't part of the process.


The list already has its share of critics, both among advocates for educational practitioners and those who represent parents or particular groups of students.


"I do not want Mayor Emanuel's endorsement if I win the Democratic nomination," Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said last week.


King had been serving as acting secretary since the start of this year after taking over for former Secretary Arne Duncan. The vote in the Senate was 49-40.


Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. is urging district leaders to start preparing for how to gauge school performance under ESSA.


In response to a question about the common core, GOP presidential candidates opened up about their education agendas during a debate Thursday night.


Sen. Alexander pointed out that the block grant was essentially a compromise;many senators wanted to keep those eliminated programs around, or had hoped to create new ones. He doesn't understand then why the president's budget asks for money for new K-12 programs, while not seeking to fund the block grant sufficiently.


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