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July 01, 2015

How Do States Plan to Make Sure the Poorest Schools Get Good Teachers?

The big question is whether the plans submitted to the Education Department will actually make a difference when it comes to the equitable distribution of teachers.

June 23, 2015

Seven States Plus D.C. Approved for NCLB Waiver Renewals

Eight waiver recipients—Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Missouri, Kansas, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia—can hang onto their flexibility from No Child Left Behind Act provisions.

June 19, 2015

Obama's Competitive Grants Are Waning. Can Districts Keep the Work Going?

Now that the Obama administration's competitive grant programs are on the wane, can districts sustain the work funded through those efforts?

June 15, 2015

Education Department to Congress: We Need to Hire More Employees

The Education Department's budget pitch for the next fiscal year includes a request for more money for departmental management, in light of fewer full-time employees and a growing workload.

June 11, 2015

Ed. Dept. Announces New Grant for Social and Emotional Learning

The Obama administration has created a new competitive grant program called "Skills for Success" aimed at helping middle school kids develop traits like grit and resilience.

June 10, 2015

What Can We Learn From the Investing in Innovation Program Five Years Out?

The Investing in Innovation program will have been worthwhile, even if some of the grantees haven't yielded the results they were initially hoping for, a top official at the Department said.

June 09, 2015

Oregon Opt-Out Bill Could Lead to Loss of Federal Dollars, Ed. Dept. Warns

The state's House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that would inform parents twice a year of their right to exempt children from standardized tests.

June 04, 2015

The Next i3 "Scale-Up" and "Validation" Competitions Start Now

Applicants for both grants can focus on teacher quality, implementing high standards, and high school redesign.

May 05, 2015

Turning Around Schools Isn't Easy, Even With Federal Money, Report Finds

District and state officials who participated in Race to the Top and the School Improvement Grants said they had a turnaround knowledge gap.

April 30, 2015

Deborah S. Delisle to Leave Education Department to Take Helm of ASCD

Delisle, who was confirmed in 2012 as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, played a key role in bringing a state chief's voice to the U.S. Department of Education.

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