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May 26, 2011

Lawmakers to Duncan: Keep NCLB's Tutoring Program

As lawmakers gear up to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, one question is what will happen to the free tutoring programs schools are required to offer if they fail to meet the law's achievement targets.

May 12, 2011

House Panel Could Propose Elimination of 40+ Programs

The House Education and the Workforce Committee is putting the finishing touches on a bill that could eliminate more than 40 programs, advocates say.

May 11, 2011

Scope of Federal Role at Issue in Senate ESEA Discussions

There has been talk in the Senate of keeping the federal focus under a reauthorized ESEA on only the lowest performing 5 or 10 percent of schools and letting states largely decide what happens to other schools, advocates say.

May 11, 2011

Rep. Kline Sketches Out ESEA Game Plan

His plan involves breaking the education bill into bite-size pieces, including chunks addressing accountability, flexibility, and program elimination.

May 10, 2011

House Readies Bills on Program Elimination, Flexibility

A bill in the works would give school districts greater leeway in using federal education funding, but another measure being discussed would scrap a number of targeted programs.

April 28, 2011

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill Allowing States to Opt Out of NCLB

Now there is a go-to piece of legislation for the "get the feds out of the buisness of K-12 education" crowd.

April 27, 2011

Duncan Fields Tough Questions in Community Forum

With reauthorizing of ESEA still pending, the U.S. Secretary of Education is still gathering suggestions at community forums with congressional lawmakers back in their home districts.

April 14, 2011

Congress Gives Final Approval to 2011 Budget Agreement

The package cuts more than $1 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's budget along with a number of programs, while extending Race to the Top, and sheltering programs such as special education and Title I grants to districts.

April 12, 2011

Spending Bill Slashes Tech., Literacy, but Has Bright Spots

The long-awaited spending bill to fund the government through the end of this fiscal year eliminates a number of education programs.

April 07, 2011

House Panel Explores Innovation, Flexibility for New ESEA

The ESEA hearing seemed like a big bipartisan love feat compared to the sniping from both sides of the aisle on the budget.

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