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May 14, 2014

Senate Education Panel OKs Preschool Expansion on Partisan Vote

The measure has strong backing from the administration, but its political prospects are iffy at best.

May 06, 2014

As House Is Set to Consider Charter Legislation, Key Senators Write Own Bill

Bipartisan charter school legislation is expected to sail through the U.S. House of Representatives later this week. And now a cadre of bipartisan cadre of senators are slated to introduce their own, nearly identical charter bill.

April 29, 2014

House GOP, Democrats Hit Arne Duncan on NCLB Waivers

Key members of Congress told Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today that they're having a hard time following the administration's thinking when it comes to waiver policy.

March 17, 2014

Duncan Talks High Stakes Tests, ESEA Renewal, and Common Core Politics

Duncan urged state officials to be patient and to "overcommunicate" with the public during the transition to the new standards and new tests.

March 11, 2014

NEA Pushes Legislation to Reduce Testing

The federal footprint on standardized testing would shrink under a bill set to be introduced by Reps. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., that has major backing from the largest teachers union.

February 11, 2014

School Leaders Present Their Brand of Accountability for a Renewed ESEA

A group of large-district superintendents outline their vision for what a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ought to look like.

January 08, 2014

Cantor Hits Critics of Expanding School Choice

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the House Majority Leader, used a high-profile speech on K-12 to draw attention to what he sees as a concerted effort to tamp down school choice.

December 19, 2012

Mikulski to Head Up Appropriations Panel

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who had a shot at the job, will stay on as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

February 01, 2012

Kline Teacher Proposal Would Create Winners and Losers

States that have seen big explosions in population also would see a big jump in federal funding for teacher quality under a little noticed provision of a draft bill to renew the No Child Left Behind Act introduced by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.

January 25, 2012

Business, Civil Rights Groups Blast Kline's NCLB Proposal

A top GOP lawmaker's plan for rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act amounts to a "rollback" of the law, 38 business, civil rights, and other advocacy organizations said in a letter sent to its author this week.

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