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July 17, 2012

House K-12 Spending Bill Would Scrap Race to the Top

House Republicans are seeking to ax Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and the School Improvement Grants while providing a boost for special education.

July 12, 2012

Nearly 3,000 Education, Health, and Other Groups Unite to Fight Funding Cuts

Advocates for education have a new, big posse to help fight those automatic spending cuts known as "sequestration" which are set to hit almost every federal program on January 2 unless Congress comes up with some sort of big, sweeping deal to stop them.

June 29, 2012

New Anti-Bullying Caucus Forms in U.S. House

The new group hopes to push forward federal anti-bullying legislation that has languished and increase state and local efforts to combat bullying.

June 27, 2012

Which Districts Are Getting Race to the Top Buzz?

Want to win your office betting pool on the Race to the Top District competition? A survey of "education insiders" recently published by Whiteboard Advisers puts the smart money on Los Angeles Unified

June 19, 2012

Senate Panel Would Allow Use of After-School Funds for Extended Day

Should states and schools be able to use federal dollars originally aimed at afterschool and summer learning programs to add extra time to the school day? The Senate appropriations committee says yes.

June 15, 2012

Senate Appropriations Committee Adds School Improvement Option

A bill approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee would add a "whole school reform" model to the four controversial school turnaround choices now spelled out in the federal School Improvement Grant program.

June 12, 2012

Senate Panel OKs Slight Funding Hike for Education Department

Two key K-12 formula programs—Title I grants for districts and state grants for special education—would see slight boosts in a bill approved on a party line vote Tuesday by the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending.

June 07, 2012

GAO Report Questions Whether Bullying Laws Protect All Students

The government agency analyzed reports that offered some conflicting information about the extent of bullying and whether it affects some groups more compared to others.

June 06, 2012

Obama Administration Touts Student-Borrower Plan

The White House announced today that the Education Department will work to make it easier for students to repay their loans.

May 31, 2012

How Will Feds Pay for Keeping Loans Stable?

Republicans in Congress and Democrats, including the Obama administration, are still trying to figure out a way to pay for a plan to keep student loans rates stable.

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