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July 31, 2013

Arne Duncan: Fewer Layoffs Than Expected, But Sequestration Still 'Heartbreaking'

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview that he plans to be "extraordinarily vocal" on sequestration as budget fights heat up.

June 25, 2013

How Did SIG Schools Do on Graduation, Attendance, and Other Factors?

Back in 2009, the Obama administration and Congress gambled $3 billion on a big nationwide effort to turn around the lowest performing schools

June 25, 2013

Arne Duncan Mounts Strongest Defense Yet of Common Core Standards

The education secretary asserted that the federal government didn't write the common-core standards, didn't mandate them, doesn't regulate them--and never will.

June 21, 2013

Arne Duncan's Waiver Messaging Questioned

Some chiefs found the department's messaging on teacher evaluation less than helpful.

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.

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