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January 14, 2015

Congress and Your Homework

"Congress must not abdicate its responsibility to help all children succeed." The first picture that popped into my head was an old white guy in a suit, knocking on some family's front door. When a parent answers, he says, "Hello. I'm Senator Bumswoggle, and I'm here to help Chris study for the big algebra test tomorrow."

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

Sneak Peek at President Obama's Fiscal 2016 Budget Request

The forthcoming budget proposal will include $2.7 billion in increased federal K-12 spending, including $1 billion for Title I grants that fund districts with large numbers of low-income students.

January 12, 2015

Administration Doubling Down on K-12 Priorities, Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Declares

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is clearly not backing off from the K-12 policies that his administration has pushed for the past six years.

January 11, 2015

Curmudgucation Digest (January 11)

This week, more Arne Duncan shenanigans, Brookings and CAP get silly, and Common Core gets the love.

January 06, 2015

Ericka Miller Joins Education Department as 'Senior Adviser'

Most recently a vice president at the Education Trust, Miller is a former college professor, but also has plenty of K-12 credibility.

January 05, 2015

Arne Duncan Bringing in Key Players as 'Senior Advisers'

Is this some new strategy at 400 Maryland Ave. for filling top positions without having to deal with the difficult process of getting nominees through Congress?

December 29, 2014

Top Ten Politics K-12 Moments of 2014

Teachers lunching with President Barack Obama came in at No. 3, ahead of midterm election results and State of the Union address.

December 24, 2014

Arne Duncan's Edu-Predictions for 2015

The U.S. Secretary of Education is predicting big things for college access, preschool, and ed-tech. But he doesn't mention NCLB reauthorization.

December 22, 2014

How Are States Progressing When It Comes to Teacher Distribution?

The U.S. Department of Education gave education researchers a special holiday present: Reams upon reams of state and district level data on the equitable distribution of teachers.

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