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October 24, 2014

Poor and Minority Kids Must Count in NCLB Waivers, Civil Rights Groups Say

Civil rights and advocacy groups want the U.S. Department of Education to hold states renewing their No Child Left Behind Act waivers accountable for low-income students, minorities, English-language learners, and students with disabilities.

October 21, 2014

Oklahoma Wants Its NCLB Waiver Back, Right Now

The Sooner State stands a very good chance of getting its waiver back. It's just a question of when.

October 16, 2014

Regents' Approval of Standards Could Help Oklahoma Regain NCLB Waiver

Now that Oklahoma's institutions of higher education have given its standards the OK, the Sooner State has suddenly found itself in a position to regain NCLB flexibility.

October 10, 2014

Two States Ask the Education Department for Testing Flexibility, But Get Two Different Reponses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.

October 07, 2014

Ed. Dept. Churn Brings New Faces to Key Initiatives

Many of the folks originally in charge of major initiatives, including Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and School Improvement Grants, have left the building.

October 01, 2014

U.S. Deputy Ed. Secretary Jim Shelton to Step Down

Jim Shelton, No. 2 at the Education Department, prepares to step down from his post.

October 01, 2014

Arne Duncan Doles Out Grants to Help Train Turnaround Leaders

The U.S. Department of Education is giving twelve districts, states, organizations, or post-secondary institutions $20 million total to develop turnaround leaders.

October 01, 2014

Arne Duncan: Schools Must Give Poor and Minority Students Equal Access to Resources

Duncan is putting school districts and states on notice that OCR can investigate those that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access on everything from high-quality facilities to Advanced Placement courses.

September 30, 2014

Lots of Enthusiasm, But No Federal Dollars for 'My Brother's Keeper'

About 100 cities, counties, and tribal communities have said they are going to take the Obama administration up on its new "My Brother's Keeper" initiative community challenge.

September 29, 2014

Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List: What's Done? What's Next?

The Education Department still needs to tackle teacher preparation regulations and outline criteria for judging assessments.

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