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March 31, 2015

Arne Duncan Gives Five States 'Early Bird' Renewal of NCLB Waivers

Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Virginia will get to keep their waivers for another four years, through 2018-19, or beyond the end of the Obama administration.

March 30, 2015

Hawaii's Deputy Superintendent Headed to U.S. Department of Education

Say "Aloha" to the U.S. Department of Education's new deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ronn Nozoe, who is currently Hawaii's deputy superintendent.

March 27, 2015

Growing Inequality Is Visible in K-12 Politics

The one-percenters who can make large campaign donations have more money than ever. And, as in all other policy areas these days, they want to call the shots in K-12 education.

March 25, 2015

Q&A: Arne Duncan Talks Testing, Turnarounds, and ESEA at Age 50

The U.S. Secretary of Education has about 18 months left in office and lots of initiatives up in the air, including school turnarounds, teacher evaluation, and an NCLB rewrite.

March 23, 2015

Duncan: Teacher Preparation Lacks Resources, Focus

The education secretary gave his own efforts to improve teacher preparation a "low grade" so far.

March 23, 2015

In Speech to State Chiefs, Arne Duncan Worries About NCLB Rewrite Stalling

Any ESEA reauthorization proposal that simply passes on a party-line vote, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, is "not policy, that's politics," and he worried that progress on reauthorization will continue to stall.

March 23, 2015

Arne Duncan Urges Leadership From State Chiefs on Common Core, Equity, Testing

The U.S. Secretary of Education told members of the Council of Chief State School Officers that states could take the lead on issues like overtesting and early education.

March 20, 2015

Which States Are Applying for NCLB Waiver Renewal?

Nearly every state with a waiver plans to file a renewal request, we found. But, in Louisiana and Texas, renewal is complicated.

March 16, 2015

Graduation Gap Between White, Minority Students is Narrowing, But Persistent

Graduation rates for black students in the 2012-13 school year was 70.7 percent and for Hispanic students was 75.2 percent, but white and Asian/Pacific Islander students still out-performed both other groups.

March 16, 2015

President Obama to Meet With Big-City School Leaders

Among the topics for discussion, the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act, early childhood education, assessments, college and career ready standards, and the My Brother's Keeper program.

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