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August 08, 2011

Obama Gives Go-Ahead for NCLB Waivers to States

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will spell out in September what states will have to do to get waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act.

August 03, 2011

Are 82% of Schools 'Failing' Under NCLB, as Duncan Warned?

Based on states that have already reported their "adequate yearly progress" or AYP results, the failure rate for schools may not be nearly as the high as the 82 percent that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan predicted.

July 29, 2011

Duncan: Teacher Salaries Should Be $60,000 to $150,000

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launches a renewed effort to remake the teaching profession, calling for higher salaries, improved performance-based teacher accountability, and a higher bar for those entering schools of education.

July 29, 2011

'Save Our Schools' Rally Turns Up the Heat

Speakers and workshops turned up the rhetorical heat on standards- and test-based accountability and other policies opposed by those attending the four-day gathering that includes a march on the White House on Saturday.

July 28, 2011

'Save Our Schools' Leaders Decline White House Invitation

The organizers of the Save our Schools March and National Call to Action say the White House can come to them, or they'll come to the White House on Sunday. But they won't attend a meeting with President Obama's education advisers on Friday.

July 21, 2011

New Initiative Targets 'School-to-Prison' Pipeline

A new undertaking from the federal Justice and Education departments targets school discipline policies that divert students from schools to the justice system and keep them from pursuing an education.

July 19, 2011

How the Ed. Dept. Could Intervene in Cheating Scandals

The U.S. Department of Education could withhold federal funds and require better testing security in the fallout of numerous cheating scandals.

July 15, 2011

New Details Emerge on Duncan's NCLB Waiver Plan

The Education Department seems ready to waive the 2014 deadline for all students to be proficient in math and language arts in exchange for states adopting college- and career-readiness standards and tests.

July 06, 2011

Kline Unhappy With Duncan's Lack of Details on NCLB Waivers Plan

Duncan doesn't offer the House education chairman any details on his proposal to give states leeway on some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind in exchange for adopting reforms.

July 06, 2011

Ed. Dept. to Create Up to 6 Promise Neighborhoods

Up to six communities will get the chance to create a version of the Harlem Children's Zone in their own backyards, now that the U.S. Department of Education has opened up the very first round of Promise Neighborhood implementation grants.

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