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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.

August 25, 2014

Is Waiverless Washington State Still Out in the Cold on Teacher Evaluations?

Washington state lost its waiver because it lacks a law tying student test scores to teacher evaluations, but now federal officials are delaying that requirement for waiver states that need more time.

August 22, 2014

Michigan, Ohio Have Their NCLB Waivers Extended

Michigan and Ohio will get to keep their NCLB waivers for another year, joining a growing group of states granted an extension while making changes to teacher evaluations.

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.

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