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September 08, 2009

Duncan Hangs Tough on Obama's Speech

Ed. Sec. Duncan says that the education debate too often today focuses "on adult issues and adult drama.”

September 08, 2009

UPDATED: How Will Critics Respond After Obama Gives His Back-to-School Speech?

The president's noon speech is unquestionably a feel-good pep talk about personal responsibility.

September 03, 2009

UPDATE: The Obama Administration's Back-to-School Message: Personal Responsibility

Obama's Sept. 8 speech will echo many themes from his campaign, and kick off a $1,000 contest for students.

July 14, 2009

UPDATED: Obama's $12 Billion Boost for Community Colleges

Where is the administration's focus on high school graduates?

June 01, 2009

'I Hate Charter Schools'

From guest blogger Erik Robelen: Apparently, a Democratic lawmaker in Texas didn’t get the talking points from Education Secretary Arne Duncan about expanding the charter schools sector. A bill that would have allowed more charters to open in Texas was killed on the floor of the state's House of...

May 26, 2009

Sotomayor Nomination: The K-12 Angle

Over at the School Law Blog, my colleague Erik Robelen gives a K-12 once-over on President Obama's nomination of New York federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court. Her personal and professional resume includes a lot of anecdotes that will resonate with the public. He...

May 08, 2009

The Dirty Dozen: Ed. Dept. Budget Cuts In-Depth

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has declared many of these programs, such as Even Start, either ineffective or not demonstrating results.

April 07, 2009

Obama Sparks a Belt-Wearing Trend at Florida High School

It's not clear yet whether the Obama administration's policies will be able to raise achievement, but the president has inspired some students to pull up something else: their pants.

March 10, 2009

Chiefs Talk Stimulus and Standards With Duncan & Co.

There was a lot of buzz about Obama's speech this morning and the Department's guidance on the economic stimulus package.

March 10, 2009

Everyone Loves Obama's Speech

First address on schools is drawing praise from everyone from GOP lawmakers to the NEA. Not surprisingly, these groups came up with different interpretations of the remarks, particularly on alternative pay for teachers.

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