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August 07, 2014

Reading List: Teacher Tenure, Extended Learning Time, and Early Ed.

August is a great time to take a deep dive into Head Start, extended learning time, and peer-reviewed assessments.

August 05, 2014

Education Department Nominees Stuck Waiting for Congressional Confirmation

Congress left town for its August recess last week without filling a number of key positions at the U.S. Department of Education. That means some folks are stuck with "acting" at the start of their title, and other positions are just plain vacant.

July 31, 2014

What Happens on K-12 Policy if Republicans Take Over the U.S. Senate?

The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.

July 29, 2014

Race to the Top Is Five Years Old, But Did It Actually Improve Student Achievement?

At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.

July 28, 2014

Some States Without NCLB Waivers Say They Dodged a Bullet

Not having to negotiate with federal officials on the finer points of teacher evaluation, rigorous standards, or school turnarounds has made it easier to chart their own paths, some education leaders say.

July 21, 2014

Waiverless Washington State's Request for New NCLB Flexibility Denied

The Education Department isn't willing to cut Washington, the first ex-waiver state, any slack, a warning to other states that may be on the verge of losing their flexibility.

July 15, 2014

Playing Politics at Teachers' Union Conventions

The two national teachers' unions played some serious politics during their recent annual conferences, including calling for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

July 14, 2014

Arne Duncan Says Philly School Funding is "Unacceptable"

The U.S. Secretary of Education also said that Pennsylvania's current level of commitment to funding public schools in Philadelphia is "unacceptable."

July 11, 2014

High School Equity Advocates Express Concerns About NCLB Waivers

The U.S. Department of Education's process for holding state's feet to the fire on the promises they made in their applications hasn't been transparent, advocates say.

July 10, 2014

Seattle Wants Its Own No Child Left Behind Waiver

If Seattle gets the go-ahead from Duncan, it would be the first individual district in the country to get its very own waiver.

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