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April 23, 2012

Lawmakers Want Rural Focus in District Race to Top

A bipartisan group of senators wants to make sure the Obama administration doesn't leave rural schools out in the cold when it crafts the next generation of the Race to the Top competition, which is aimed at districts.

April 20, 2012

President Endorses Anti-Bullying Legislation

President Barack Obama today endorsed a pair of bills that would protect students who are bullied at school and in some cases, provide for students or their families to collect damages from school districts that don't act swiftly or strongly enough in students' defense.

April 19, 2012

Poll: After Pizza, Potatoes, and Pink Slime Issues, Changes Favored

The poll results released today Pew Charitable Trusts' Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project find that 80 percent of American voters are in favor national standards that would limit calories, fat, and sodium in snack and à la carte foods sold in schools and encourage the consumption of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy items.

April 06, 2012

What Would Big, Giant Proposed Cuts Mean for Your K-12 Program?

If Congress doesn't stop the big, giant across the board cuts to set to hit (almost) every education under the sun next January, what would that mean for you?

March 29, 2012

Harkin Bill Would Provide Billions to Hire Teachers, Fix Up Schools

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing legislation that would provide $20 billion to modernize schools, $60 billion to hire teachers, and $10 billion to provide professional development to educators.

March 28, 2012

Duncan Defends Waivers, Competitive Grants to Congress

The clash between the Obama administration's support for Race to the Top and other grant programs, and folks in Congress who want bigger investments in funding for special education and disadvantaged students, is not going away anytime soon.

March 27, 2012

What's Up in Congress? Not Much Real Action, State Chiefs Hear

Chief state school officers came up to Washington this week to hear lawmakers explain why one of their top federal priorities, an honest to goodness reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, won't get done this year.

March 20, 2012

Kline Wants More Aid for Special Ed., Less for Obama Priorities

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, wants Congress to put more money into grants to states for special education.

March 19, 2012

Early SIG Data Looks Promising, Duncan Says

The department has begun crunching data for about 700 of the roughly 850 schools that entered the program back in the 2010-11 school year.

March 07, 2012

No Movement on ESEA, But Lawmakers Still Talk Education

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has been working for months on a big, omnibus-style bill aimed at bolstering the middle class.

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