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January 15, 2015

Your Guide to the Senate Education Committee: A Really Diverse Bunch

In order to craft an overhaul of the federal K-12 education law that can clear the committee, the full Senate, and the president's desk, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will have to sharpen his politicking skills.

January 14, 2015

Democrats Voice Concerns, Stakeholders Have Mixed Reactions to NCLB Draft

The two national teachers' unions, which collectively represent more than 4.6 million educators, are some of the most important (and powerful) groups that will try to shape the draft going forward.

January 13, 2015

Sen. Patty Murray Outlines NCLB Reauthorization Priorities

The top Democrat on the Senate education committee said annual tests are "one of the most important tools we have," and would be "very concerned" about any proposal to roll them back.

January 13, 2015

Sneak Peek at President Obama's Fiscal 2016 Budget Request

The forthcoming budget proposal will include $2.7 billion in increased federal K-12 spending, including $1 billion for Title I grants that fund districts with large numbers of low-income students.

January 11, 2015

Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Maintain Federal Role in NCLB Overhaul

Blueprints for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act law have been flooding in from various stakeholders as lawmakers in both chambers begin work on a bill.

January 09, 2015

State Chiefs to Congress: Keep Annual Tests in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

The Council of Chief State School Officers urges Congress to pass a bipartisan revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would keep the NCLB testing schedule intact.

January 08, 2015

Congressional Education Leaders Chime in on NCLB Testing Debate

One of the most significant policy debates at the heart of the forthcoming reauthorization will be how or if to change the law's testing requirements.

January 07, 2015

Where Do Special Education Groups Stand on Annual NCLB Tests?

Special education organizations join the debate having lost two of their biggest champions on Capitol Hill, when Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, retired.

January 06, 2015

What Should We Expect From the 114th Congress?

Our hope for a busy education calendar is bolstered by the education committee chairmen, who have signaled their intent to get an Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization through committee by Valentine's Day.

December 30, 2014

10 Politics K-12 Headlines You Probably Won't See in 2015

We're pretty sure that early drafts of the No Child Left Behind reauthorization won't mimic the Education Department's waiver program.

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