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April 24, 2014

State Ed. Departments Should Scale Back, Involve Outside Groups, Report Says

State education agencies need to delegate more responsibilities to outside groups and slim down in light of past failures, a new report states.

March 24, 2014

Arizona Supreme Court: School-Choice Savings Accounts Can Continue

The highest court in Arizona has declined to review a ruling from a lower court last year that upheld a savings account program using state per-student funding.

April 03, 2013

A Short Guide to EdTech Investing

A foundation officer called last week to discuss investing in edtech. After a decade of neglect, it's a growth category reflecting the mobile inflection and the transition to digital learning.

March 13, 2013

Testing Consortium Reorganizes for Long-Term Survival

PARCC becomes a nonprofit to help it stay afloat after federal money runs out in 2014.

February 21, 2013

Turning Theory into Action: The Role of the Foundation in Education

During a recent Twitter binge, I encountered an op-ed from 1970 scolding the efforts of the United States to implement technology into the learning experience. It held up shockingly well to today's environment. For Government theory to turn into Government action, the Foundation must act as the intermediary.

November 28, 2012

Indiana's State Schools Chief Reflects on Election Defeat

Bennett spoke with Education Week at the Foundation for Excellence in Education's annual conference, an event organized by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and shared his thoughts on the loss at the polls, and what the future holds.

November 27, 2012

Jeb Bush Urges Allies to Stand Firm on Ed Policy

By Sean Cavanagh Washington Jeb Bush, whose political aspirations are a favorite source of speculation in this city, urged attendees at an education conference he organized to act as aggressive champions of contentious school policies—regardless of the political fallout. The former Republic...

September 28, 2012

Arnold Foundation Backs Effort to Strengthen New Orleans Teaching

The Arnold Foundation is the latest philanthropy to invest in efforts to improve schools in New Orleans.

July 11, 2012

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum

Microsoft founder Bill Gates stressed the importance of multiple measures in teacher evaluation systems and praised the Common Core State Standards in the keynote speech at the Education Commission of the States' National Forum on Education Policy.

June 04, 2012

Florida's FCAT Responses Include a Stress on Public Relations

The Florida education department rolled out a series of responses to the FCAT scoring controversy last month, including a new parent "call center" and public forums with education commissioner Gerard Robinson. An education advocacy group overseen by former Gov. Jeb Bush also offered the help of a PR firm linked to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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