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August 05, 2012

SOS Event Draws Small Crowd, Focuses on Organizing

By guest blogger Liana Heitin In sharp contrast to last summer's celebrity-attended rally and march to the White House, the Save Our Schools gathering this year proved a quiet, 150-person affair. Held this weekend in the regal Wardman Park Marriott in downtown Washington, the convention featured ...

December 02, 2011

Civil Rights Officials Issue More Flexible Rules on Use of Race in School Assignments; Admissions

New guidelines meant to clarify what educators may legally do to achieve diversity and reduce racial isolation in schools.

September 21, 2011

Bullying Remains Federal Priority; More Research Needed

A second national conference on bullying was yet another reminder of the current administration's emphasis on combating what is seen as a growing problem.

June 02, 2011

Head of Safe, Drug-Free Schools Departing

After about two years on the job, Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools, is leaving.

April 01, 2011

Congressional Groups Press for Continued Subgroup Accountability

Congressional groups join civil rights activists to call for continued subgroup accountability in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

March 29, 2011

Keep Subgroup Mandates in ESEA, Civil Rights Groups Urge

A strongly worded letter from a broad range of civil rights and other groups warns against watering down subgroup data mandates in renewal of ESEA.

February 17, 2011

Ed. Dept. Creates Commission on School Finance Equity

The commission will recommend ways that federal policy could address funding disparities.

October 26, 2010

Anti-Gay Bullying May Violate Civil Rights, Ed. Dept. Warns

Certain types of harassment rooted in sexual orientation or religious differences may be a federal civil rights violation, the U.S. Department of Education says.

July 29, 2010

Obama Trumpets Value of Race to the Top

The president told members of the National Urban League that his signature education initiative holds particular promise for poor and minority students in low-performing schools.

May 13, 2010

Duncan Urges Congressional Leaders to Pass Edujobs Bill ASAP

It's almost crunch time on the edujobs legislation. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter today to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. the Speaker of the House, and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Majority Leader, asking them to please include the $23 billion edujobs measure in the supplement...

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