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March 03, 2014

Obama to Propose Race to the Top for Educational Equity

Sources say a program to be unveiled in the fiscal 2015 budget would include a teacher-equity component, as well as seek to close gaps in areas such as student discipline.

February 28, 2014

Why Early-Childhood Education May Be a Winner (Again) in This Year's Budget

The administration is expected to ask Congress for more money for early-childhood education and just might just get a bit of it.

February 27, 2014

U.S. Senate to Consider Child Care and Development Block Grant Bill

The U.S. Senate is going to take up a bill to revise the Child Care and Development Block Grant program—which hasn't been renewed since 1996—as soon as next week.

February 26, 2014

GOP Seeks Answers on Arne Duncan's Teacher Equity Plans

Key House Republicans want to know how the U.S. Department of Education plans to pursue a proposed "50-state strategy" that would have states revamp their "highly qualified" teacher plans.

February 24, 2014

What Should the Next Round of Race to the Top Early Learning Look Like?

The department made it clear that this new competition will be "distinct" from past efforts, and the new money is a wide-open slate.

February 21, 2014

Will Sen. Murray Be Able to Help Washington Keep Its NCLB Waiver?

Sen. Murray is trying her best to make the state's case to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, but it seems to be far from a slam dunk.

February 14, 2014

House Republicans Question Obama Administration's Discipline Guidance

The Obama administration's recent school discipline guidance is laudable, but decisions about how to deal with student behavior are best left to local officials, wrote four House Republicans

February 06, 2014

Harkin: A High-Quality Early-Education Program Will Cost Money

Federal early-childhood education programs aren't doing nearly enough to meet a tidal wave of demand at the state level, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said at a congressional hearing.

February 05, 2014

Georgia Congressman to Introduce Anti-Common Core Bill

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., a former school board member and candidate for Senate, is preparing legislation that would restrict the U.S. Secretary of Education from dangling grant money to entice a state to adopt common core.

February 05, 2014

House Lawmakers Weigh Federal Role in Early-Childhood Education

President Barack Obama's marquee, multibillion-dollar proposal to entice states to expand their prekindergarten offerings--which was already a political long shot--hit yet another roadblock Wednesday.

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