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July 15, 2010

House Panel Votes for Another Year of Race to the Top

The Obama administration's centerpiece education reform program would get $800 million in fiscal 2011 under a bill approved by a House appropriations subcommittee.

July 01, 2010

Despite Veto Threat, House Passes Edujobs With Race to the Top Cut

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation late Thursday night to help prevent teacher layoffs, despite opposition from the Obama administration, which threatened to veto the measure if it includes $800 million in cuts to its key K-12 initiatives. The legislation takes aim at three of ...

June 29, 2010

House Dems Trim Race to Top, TIF to Make Room for Edujobs

Draft legislation appears to target a pair of high-profile programs in finding money to save education jobs.

June 24, 2010

Progressive Democrats Release ESEA Wish List

A group of 83 House Democrats has sketched out what its members would like to see in the renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the current version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act. The group, called the Progressive Caucus, includes some of the most liberal members of Congre...

June 08, 2010

On Capitol Hill, Addressing the State of the Child

The Senate education committee's panel on children and families will be examining a variety of issues affecting children's lives.

May 28, 2010

Edujobs Falters, But Is It Dead?

Even though the $23 billion education jobs bill faltered yesterday in Congress, proponents aren't giving up on a measure which public school advocates say is desperately needed to forestall draconian teacher layoffs nationwide.

May 06, 2010

Was Race to the Top Authorized?

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the former director of the Institute of Education Sciences, argues in this Education Week commentary that the Obama administration's signature education policy program, the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, was not authorized by Congress. As a reporter who covere...

April 28, 2010

Advocates Seek to Tweak EduJobs Bill

You may remember that Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, just released a bill aimed at helping states and districts avert a tidal wave of layoffs and programmatic cuts. Education advocates are eager to see passage of the bill, which...

April 14, 2010

Congress Scores Race to the Top Scoring System

So now that the first round of winners have been announced, powerful members of Congress are starting to question the scoring system for the Race to the Top program. During a hearing of today of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees education spending, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., wen...

April 14, 2010

Duncan Calls on Congress to Pass Edu-Jobs Aid

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today officially called on Congress to pass a second round of funding to help states thwart layoffs and programmatic cuts. This is a big deal because, up to now, the administration hadn't officially asked for more education jobs money, even though the House passe...

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