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January 23, 2015

Ed. Dept. and Texas Tussle Over Teacher Evaluation

The feds told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn't coming close to cutting the mustard when it comes to what's expected for states with NCLB waivers.

January 19, 2015

How Will Education Play in the State of the Union Address?

President Obama is expected to make the case that his broader tax proposal will help families cover the cost of child care and gain access to college for their children.

January 18, 2015

Curmudgucation Digest (January 18)

Over at my other blog, this week brought reactions to Arne Duncan's big-ish speech on ESEA, as well as some other folks with thoughts about what the rewrite of ESEA should look like-- including a complete AFT about-face.

January 14, 2015

Democrats Voice Concerns, Stakeholders Have Mixed Reactions to NCLB Draft

The two national teachers' unions, which collectively represent more than 4.6 million educators, are some of the most important (and powerful) groups that will try to shape the draft going forward.

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.

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