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September 05, 2014

NCLB Waivers Extended for Tennessee and D.C.

Unlike many states who have received waiver extensions lately, the letters for both the Volunteer State and the nation's capitol have absolutely no caveats.

September 05, 2014

Education Department Proposes Big Changes to School Improvement Grant Program

Floundering schools that receive federal turnaround dollars would get some new options for using the money under draft guidance slated to be published in the federal register Monday.

September 04, 2014

Where Do NCLB Waiver States Stand On Extensions?

Kansas is the very first state to shed the "high-risk" label.

August 28, 2014

Oklahoma Loses Waiver Over Academic Standards; Indiana, Kansas Waivers Extended

The U.S. Department of Education approved No Child Left Behind waiver extensions for Indiana and Kansas, but not Oklahoma, which abandoned the common core earlier this summer.

August 27, 2014

School Districts Praise Ed. Secretary for Recognizing Over-Reliance on Testing

The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, which represents 16 districts across the country, applauded Education Secretary Arne Duncan's recent statement that there is too much focus on standardized testing in the nation's schools.

August 27, 2014

Arne Duncan to Head South for Annual Back-to-School Bus Tour

Politics K-12 will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during his annual back-to-school bus tour, highlighting administration initiatives in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.

August 27, 2014

What Should Arne Do?

We've hammered Duncan for what he's gotten wrong. But as teachers, we know that you don't foster improvement by focusing on the negatives. Can we come up with some suggestions for what Duncan should do?

August 27, 2014

Obama Administration's Education Policies at the Heart of New Lawsuit

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is on a warpath to repeal the common core and accompanying tests in Louisiana, plans to sue the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for forcing states to adopt the them.

August 27, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to Sue Ed. Dept., Sec. Duncan Over Common Core

In his latest effort to decouple Louisiana from the common core, Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to sue the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for forcing states to adopt the new standards.

August 26, 2014

New Teacher Evaluation Flexibility for Waiver States Irks Washington State Ed. Chief

Washington State education chief Randy Dorn sounds off against Sec. Arne Duncan's decision to allow waiver states to delay tying student test scores to teacher evaluations.

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