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March 04, 2015

Stand-Off Over Spending Levels for Federal Education Programs Begins

Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged Congress to approve $70.7 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of $3.6 billion over fiscal 2015.

February 27, 2015

House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite

It's possible that leaders will find the votes to pass the bill next week—but if they don't the bid to update the NCLB law this year could be in serious trouble.

February 23, 2015

What Does Arne Duncan Want in an NCLB Rewrite?

Duncan is worried about the impact of funding provisions, and a lack of investment in teacher quality, pre-kindergarten programs, and initiatives like Investing in Innovation.

February 10, 2015

New Effort Afoot in Washington State to Win Back NCLB Waiver

Evergreen State policymakers are making a fresh push to regain the state's flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, even as Congress mulls an NCLB overhaul.

January 26, 2015

How Much Political Juice Does the Ed. Dept. Have in NCLB Waiver Renewals?

The administration is entering into the waiver-renewal process with a severely weakened hand when it comes to holding states' feet to the fire on teacher evaluation.

January 23, 2015

Ed. Dept. and Texas Tussle Over Teacher Evaluation

The feds told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn't coming close to cutting the mustard when it comes to what's expected for states with NCLB waivers.

January 22, 2015

Which States Are Going for Early Bird NCLB-Waiver Renewal?

The U.S. Department of Education has offered seven states an early deadline and a very special, expedited review process for renewing their No Child Left Behind waivers, but not everyone is taking it up on the offer.

January 14, 2015

Arne Duncan Asked Failing Schools to Add Instructional Time; Did It Help?

Adding extra time to the day or year is a lot easier said than done, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center on Education Policy

January 13, 2015

Sen. Patty Murray Outlines NCLB Reauthorization Priorities

The top Democrat on the Senate education committee said annual tests are "one of the most important tools we have," and would be "very concerned" about any proposal to roll them back.

January 13, 2015

Sen. Alexander's ESEA Draft Offers Two Options on Testing

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate education committee, kicked off the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act by saying he wants to start a dialogue about testing.

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