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May 28, 2009

Duncan to Education Department Employees: Help Me Help You

In case you missed it, according a survey released earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education was ranked as one of the absolute worst places to work in the federal government. (For a quick summary, check out the The Washington Post's story on the survey). To be fair, 400 Maryland Ave. ...

May 26, 2009

Duncan Makes it Official

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put out the official list of many of the folks who've gotten top positions at the U.S. Department of Education. Most of these aren't new, but the list is a good Who's Who of new political appointees. Another Gates Foundation refugee got a top job. Margot Rogers,...

May 20, 2009

Miller to Duncan: Set a High Standard on Race to the Top Grants

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the House education chairman urged Arne Duncan to be very picky in determining which states should get money under the Race to the Top fund.

May 20, 2009

Aspen Institute's Wurtzel To Join Permanent Ed. Dept. Ranks

Judy Wurtzel, who was on leave from the Aspen Institute to serve as a consultant to the Education Department, is in line to take a full-time position under Education Secretary Arne Duncan. She would be the deputy assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development. That's according ...

May 19, 2009

Pomona Schools Chief Tapped as Top K-12 Official

Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, the superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District, in California, is being nominated as the new assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, the White House just announced. (UPDATE: Pending Senate confirmation, of course.) This would make Melendez...

May 13, 2009

Education Musical Chairs in Colorado

Michael Johnston, a charter school principal and a former education adviser for the Obama campaign, will fill the Colorado State Senate seat vacated by Peter Groff, who has a new job with the feds.

May 13, 2009

Administration's NCLB Goal: A Framework by Early Fall

The goal is for Arne Duncan and President Obama to be able to outline their plans in early fall for overhauling federal education policy.

May 12, 2009

New Construction: Allowable under the Stimulus, but not Encouraged

The U.S. Department of Education is changing its tune on whether state stabilization fund money can—and should—be used to pay for new school construction.

May 12, 2009

Brad Jupp is Arne's New Two-for-One Teacher Guy

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a new teacher quality adviser ... and he's got a foot in both the merit pay and union camps. Brad Jupp is formerly a senior policy adviser to Denver-schools-superintendent-turned-U.S.-Senator Michael Bennet. In that role, he worked on school and district pe...

May 11, 2009

Arne Duncan Focuses on the Lowest Performing Schools

The education secretary seems intent on seeing 5,000 of the nation's worst schools closed and reopened within five years.

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