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April 16, 2015

Senate Education Committee Unanimously Passes Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite

On the third day of its markup, the committee approved three amendments that focused on the funding formula for Title II, which deals with issues like teacher preparation.

April 15, 2015

Senate Ed. Committee Spars Over Bullying Prevention in ESEA Rewrite; Nears Finish

What had been a relatively calm legislative process produced a more-passionate debate over a pair of dueling amendments on harassment and bullying, particularly of LGBT students.

April 15, 2015

Montana's Assessment Snafus Could 'Test' NCLB Law

Montana has just decided to make testing under the Smarter Balanced assessment optional, after some serious technical glitches.

April 15, 2015

Senate Education Committee Continues Beating Bipartisan Drum on ESEA

The GOP-controlled committee on Wednesday morning approved amendments by Democrats on issues including expanding access to STEM subjects and letting states use funding to create teacher and principal academies.

April 15, 2015

Montana Lets Schools Cancel Smarter Balanced Testing After Technical Woes

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.

April 15, 2015

AFT: Senate ESEA Bill Is a 'Strong Foundation'

A first look at the 1.6 million-member union's take on the Senate's draft bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

April 14, 2015

At ESEA Markup, Senate Committee Wrestles With Title I Amendments

Senators punted on more than a dozen controversial amendments on the first day of marking up a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

April 14, 2015

Senate Ed. Committee Marking Up ESEA Rewrite: Study the Amendments

Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Patty Murray, D-Wash., have the difficult task of preserving the compromise bill they spent two months crafting.

April 13, 2015

Early Education Will Likely Be Strengthened in Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite

The measure plays to Republican sensibilities by allowing states to better coordinate federal education programs that already exist, including Head Start and the Child Care Development Block Grant and the Preschool Development Grant programs.

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