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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.

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan Not Sorry He Pulled Sen. Murray's State's NCLB Waiver

Murray, who is known as an effective dealmaker, has a great incentive to compromise with Republicans: Her home state of Washington is the only ex-waiver state in the country.

January 09, 2015

State Chiefs to Congress: Keep Annual Tests in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

The Council of Chief State School Officers urges Congress to pass a bipartisan revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would keep the NCLB testing schedule intact.

January 08, 2015

Will the GOP Roll Back Top Obama Priorities in Rewriting NCLB?

As Congress gears up to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, the administration may well lose a lot of the ground it's gained on teacher evaluation, school turnarounds, and assessments.

January 06, 2015

Governors Laud 'Higher Standards,' Plead for NCLB Renewal in NGA Speeches

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the chairman of the National Governors Association, said more rigorous expectations for students were important, but not the only consideration for stronger schools.

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