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August 19, 2014

Florida in Waiver Stand-Off With Ed. Department Over ELL Testing

Florida is unlikely to change a new state law on testing English language learners, despite objections from the U.S. Department of Education that it conflicts with the state's No Child Left Behind waiver requirements.

August 19, 2014

Florida Unlikely to Change ELL Testing Policy, Despite Ed. Dept. Objections

The U.S. Department of Education approved a one-year extension of Florida's waiver from No Child Left Behind even though a new state law on testing English-learners is in conflict with federal law.

August 18, 2014

Deb Delisle on the Promise and Pitfalls of NCLB Waivers

The U.S. Department of Education's assistant secretary for K-12 addresses the promise and pitfalls of the No Child Left Behind Act waivers.

August 15, 2014

Friday Reading List: Common Core Readiness, School Turnarounds, and Parent Trigger

Are teachers ready for Common Core? What happens to the "reform" movement without Michelle Rhee heading up StudentsFirst? Dig into these questions in the Friday Reading List.

August 14, 2014

Arne Duncan Extends NCLB Waivers For Five States, Some With Caveats

Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin will get to keep their NCLB waivers for another year, but two of the extensions come with some pretty big asterisks.

August 14, 2014

Slim Hope for ESEA Reauthorization, Say Education 'Insiders'

The latest survey of education experts by Whiteboard Advisors reveals little confidence in the ability of Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

August 13, 2014

Obama Administration Unveils New Preschool Grant Program

The $250 million Preschool Development program represents a relatively modest down payment on the Obama administration's much broader, $75 billion early childhood proposal.

August 12, 2014

Republican Lawmakers Ask GAO to Probe NCLB Waivers

Alexander and Kline are curious about the reasoning behind the department's seemingly schizophrenic approach to the teacher evaluation portion of the waivers

August 12, 2014

Senate Republicans Question New Criteria for Special Ed. Evaluations

Senate Republicans are concerned about the U.S. Department of Education's authority to change evaluation criteria for state special education systems.

August 12, 2014

What's the Plan for Examining Whether Investing in Innovation Worked?

The Obama administration's signature i3 program, which helped districts scale up promising practices, was supposed to be all about helping pinpoint evidence-based strategies to improve achievement.

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