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January 10, 2012

Advocates, Policymakers Give Mixed Early Reviews to ESEA Draft

Generally speaking, groups that represent school officials see the draft as a good starting point. But advocates that look out for particular groups of children, such as students in special education, are really unhappy with the draft.

January 10, 2012

Big Race to Top Problems in Hawaii, Florida, N.Y., Says Ed. Dept.

The U.S. Department of Education found significant challenges in how Race to the Top is being implemented in Hawaii, New York, and Florida, according to progress reports released today.

January 09, 2012

Transparency Watch: How 'Public' is NCLB Waiver Judging?

The U.S. Department of Education is refusing to make public formal feedback letters it sent to the 11 states seeking waivers under No Child Left Behind.

December 23, 2011

7 Runners-Up Finally Share (Much Smaller) Race to Top Prize

Some states that narrowly missed out in last year's Race to the Top contest will split $200 million to fund small pieces of their original plans, the Education Department announces.

December 22, 2011

Ed. Dept. Takes Action Against Hawaii for Race to Top Stumbles

The U.S. Department of Education is restricting Hawaii's access to its $75 million grant and planning an extensive on-site review after the state's "unsatisfactory performance" during the first year of Race to the Top.

December 21, 2011

Will Early Education Get a Piece of New Race to Top Funding?

U.S. Secretary of Education Ane Duncan won't yet commit to using new Race to the Top funding for early-learning.

December 20, 2011

Mass., Tenn. Praised in New Report on NCLB Waiver Plans

Four states were identified in a new Center for American Progress report as having key missing pieces in their NCLB waiver plans: Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Oklahoma.

December 16, 2011

Race to Top Early Learning: Tales of Woe for 3 States

The nine winners of the Race to the Top early learning contest are surely rejoicing at their good fortune. But three states may be especially bummed out about the results.

December 15, 2011

Duncan's 82% NCLB Failure Prediction Way Off Base, New Data Show

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's warning about the proportion of schools that would "fail" under NCLB this year if Congress didn't rewrite the law was 34 percentage points too high, says a new Center on Education Policy report.

November 30, 2011

Poor Schools Shortchanged on Funding, Ed. Dept. Says

Nearly half of all high-poverty schools, including schools that get Title I money, fell at least 10 percent short on state and local aid compared with the average school in their district, a study of 13,000 districts found.

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