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June 18, 2013

Duncan to Allow Waiver States Flexibility in Teacher Evaluation

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will offer states more flexibility on implementing the teacher evaluation piece of their NCLB waivers as they put the common core into practice.

June 11, 2013

In Counter to 'Joyless' Schools, Coalition Demands Supports-Based Reform

A group of 46 progressive educators and policy advocates ramped up their call for "supports-based reform" by issuing a declaration to "rebuild America."

June 07, 2013

Arne Duncan Unveils High School Grant Program Details

The program would dole out competitive grants to school districts who partner with post-secondary institutions and other organizations.

May 28, 2013

CORE Districts Get Specific, Resubmit NCLB Waiver Plan

In their revised application, the nine California districts seeking a No Child Left Behind Act waiver dropped plans to count only the test scores from the last grade in each school for accountability purposes.

May 16, 2013

Would Arne Duncan Consider Calling for Pause in Common Core Stakes?

A spokesman for the U.S. Secretary of Education said federal officials are thinking through the concerns about high stakes tied to the common core "carefully."

May 13, 2013

Amid Common Core Fights, Remember Race to Top Promises

Each of the 12 original Race to the Top states, plus the seven third-round winners, promised to adopt and implement the common core standards.

May 01, 2013

California DFER to National DFER: Butt Out of Our CORE Waiver

The California chapter of Democrats for Education Reform supports the CORE district-waiver proposal, even if the DFER national office does not.

April 30, 2013

How Will Indiana's Common Core 'Pause' Affect Its NCLB Waiver?

To get its waiver, Indiana attested that it had adopted the Common Core State Standards and is participating in a testing consortium. Both are now in doubt.

April 30, 2013

Education Department Isn't Very Innovative, Study Finds

A new survey from the Partnership for Public Service reports that Education Department employees give their agency lower-than-average marks for innovation.

April 29, 2013

Civil Rights Groups to Arne Duncan: Reject Districts' NCLB Waiver Bid

Eight civil rights groups warn that granting a waiver to nine California districts will create a loophole for future independent waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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