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August 24, 2011

Highlights from Arne Duncan's Twitter Town Hall

We learned from Arne Duncan's first Twitter town hall that 10 days of testing is too much, merit pay for teachers should be voluntary, and that the U.S. Secretary of Education is a Twitter "novice."

August 23, 2011

Newest Race to the Top Stresses Early Ed. Rating Systems

States seeking some of the $500 million in new Race to the Top money have until Oct. 19 to say how they will improve early education programs through new standards, assessments, and rating systems.

August 23, 2011

Steven Brill: The Ed. Dept.'s Race to the Top Missteps

In this Q-and-A with author Steven Brill, he questions whether Hawaii and New York deserved their Race to the Top awards.

August 15, 2011

Ed. Dept. Allows Montana to Rewrite Its NCLB History

Montana gets to reset its proficiency targets so more schools make adequate yearly progress this year, under a deal reached with the U.S. Department of Education.

August 09, 2011

Calif. Forgoes Data Grant, Jeopardizes Other Stimulus Funds

By forgoing work on a data system for teacher information, California may be jeopardizing its nearly $6 billion State Fiscal Stabilization Fund grant.

August 08, 2011

Reaction Pours in on NCLB Waiver Announcement

State officials give a thumbs-up to the idea of wiggle room from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, but others sound a note of caution.

August 08, 2011

Obama Gives Go-Ahead for NCLB Waivers to States

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will spell out in September what states will have to do to get waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act.

August 03, 2011

Are 82% of Schools 'Failing' Under NCLB, as Duncan Warned?

Based on states that have already reported their "adequate yearly progress" or AYP results, the failure rate for schools may not be nearly as the high as the 82 percent that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan predicted.

July 29, 2011

Duncan: Teacher Salaries Should Be $60,000 to $150,000

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launches a renewed effort to remake the teaching profession, calling for higher salaries, improved performance-based teacher accountability, and a higher bar for those entering schools of education.

July 29, 2011

'Save Our Schools' Rally Turns Up the Heat

Speakers and workshops turned up the rhetorical heat on standards- and test-based accountability and other policies opposed by those attending the four-day gathering that includes a march on the White House on Saturday.

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