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September 02, 2014

Key Race to Top Staffer Moves to New Edu-Messaging Organization

Ann Whalen, who left the U.S. Department of Education in July, spent the last six years at the department, where she headed up the Implementation and Support Unit.

August 25, 2014

Is Waiverless Washington State Still Out in the Cold on Teacher Evaluations?

Washington state lost its waiver because it lacks a law tying student test scores to teacher evaluations, but now federal officials are delaying that requirement for waiver states that need more time.

August 15, 2014

Friday Reading List: Common Core Readiness, School Turnarounds, and Parent Trigger

Are teachers ready for Common Core? What happens to the "reform" movement without Michelle Rhee heading up StudentsFirst? Dig into these questions in the Friday Reading List.

August 07, 2014

Reading List: Teacher Tenure, Extended Learning Time, and Early Ed.

August is a great time to take a deep dive into Head Start, extended learning time, and peer-reviewed assessments.

August 05, 2014

Education Department Nominees Stuck Waiting for Congressional Confirmation

Congress left town for its August recess last week without filling a number of key positions at the U.S. Department of Education. That means some folks are stuck with "acting" at the start of their title, and other positions are just plain vacant.

July 22, 2014

Is There a Mismatch Between Ed. Dept.'s Teacher-Equity Plans and NCLB Waivers?

NCLB waivers and Race to the Top look at outcomes, like a teachers' ability to improve test scores; a new strategy aims mostly at inputs, like years of experience.

July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Abolish Education Department, Secret Federal Report Urges

It's 1981, and Education Week obtains a top-secret memo by President Ronald Reagan's education secretary saying the U.S. Department of Education should be abolished and its functions reassigned to other federal agencies.

July 10, 2014

Seattle Wants Its Own No Child Left Behind Waiver

If Seattle gets the go-ahead from Duncan, it would be the first individual district in the country to get its very own waiver.

July 08, 2014

President Obama Asks Teachers for Help With Ed. Policy. What Did They Tell Him?

What if you got a chance to tell Obama and Duncan where you think the nation is going wrong, and right, when it comes to K-12 policy?

July 07, 2014

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

States will be required to submit new plans to address teacher distribution by April of 2015, or just a few months before the department likely will begin to consider states' requests to renew their waivers from the NCLB law.

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