November 2011 Archives

Nearly half of all high-poverty schools, including schools that get Title I money, fell at least 10 percent short on state and local aid compared with the average school in their district, a study of 13,000 districts found.

Seven states that just barely missed getting a piece of the $4 billion in Race to the Top money are going for a second shot at a grant, the U.S. Department of Education announced today.

GOP presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in a speech that poor students stuck in underperfoming schools could earn money working as janitors there.

Education advocates and local school officials are nervously eyeing a series of draconian cuts set to hit just about every federal program next year, now that a bipartisan panel tasked with making recommendations for trimming the nation's deficit has failed to reach agreement

Gov. Mitt Romney's comments about beer and Mormonism in a forthcoming interview with People magazine are snagging lots of attention around the web, after Politico's Playbook published a snippet of the interview today. But we at Politics K-12 are perplexed by Romney's comments on education policy, an area on which he says he has some common ground with President Barack Obama. Here's the relevant exchange: PEOPLE: In the holiday spirit of comity, can you say one thing President Obama has done right? Romney: "He's a good example of a husband and father. Some of his education initiatives—merit pay for ...

The Senate subcommittee overseeing children and families will examine federal child abuse laws, in the wake of the events at Pennsylvania State University.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hasn't been following the GOP presidential debates because he has "a real job to do," according to an interview set to air on Bloomberg EDU, a radio program to be broadcast tonight at 10 p.m.

Democrats are pushing to make pizza a political issue, lobbing criticism at Republicans for allowing a slice of cheese pizza to continue to count as a vegetable on school lunch trays.

The field of 21 judges who will help decide which states get a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act is dominated by education policy experts with deep experience working for state departments of education.

The top Democrat on the House education committee wants a hearing into whether Congress needs to consider changes to federal laws designed to protect children.

So you've heard a lot about the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. But there's this whole other law that gets much less attention: The Education Sciences Reform Act, which created the Institute for Education Sciences back in 2002. Today, the House Education and the Workforce subcommittee on K-12 education held the first hearing on the reauthorization of ESRA, which has been pending since 2008. Sarah Sparks, of Inside School Research Fame, wrote a great preview, and tweeted the hearing. Perhaps not surprisingly, the politics of education research aren't nearly as charged as the politics of, say, accountability. ...

The nine runners-up states from last year's Race to the Top are eligible to split $200 million for STEM projects, but must meet several requirements before they can pitch their projects.

The U.S. Department of Education did not standardize scores to determine this year's winners of the Investing in Innovation competition, an important change over last year.

The Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful now officially says the Education Department be one of three he'd get rid of if elected.

Four Race to the Top states—Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, and Tennessee—are among the 11 trying to win the first waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act.

A committee of House and Senate members agreed to the changes, which must now be voted on by both chambers.

The new partnership marries a strong grassroots organization seeking to make an impact on state policy with a politically connected organization that has a focus on minority communities.

A group of House lawmakers from areas with many Asian, African-American, and Hispanic students want performance targets for various student subgroups in any ESEA rewrite.

Before there ever was an official Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the federal Department of Education, Bill Modzeleski was running it.

The Education Department has selected 23 finalists in line for a slice of $150 million in federal innovation dollars, but each must secure a private match to receive the award.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in the latest GOP debate that he wants to scrap three federal agencies: the Education Department, the Commerce Department ... and a player to be named later.

The U.S. Department of Education will investigate whether Penn State violated the Clery Act for failing to report sex allegations made against an assistant football coach under the Joe Paterno.

Voters send a mixed message in Ohio. They backed teachers' unions, but not President Obama's health care plan on election night.

A chief Democratic sponsor of the measure cast it as an important, but imperfect compromise, while Republicans said it wouldn't do enough to rein in the federal role in education.

President Obama has finalized plans to make low-performing Head Start providers compete for future federal funding.

A bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces a crowded Senate calendar worry over some provisions, as some keep an eye on the House.

The U.S. will technically remain a member of UNESCO, which works on worldwide education issues, but won't be paying its dues, the State Department announced on Monday.

So, after pushing Congress for years to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it doesn't sound like Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is such a fan of the bill that passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee last month. Here's what he told my colleague, Stephen Sawchuk of Teacher Beat fame in an interview earlier this week. Steve asked him what he thought of the bill's teacher evaluation provisions, which were scaled back to garner GOP support. "I appreciate folks are working together [on K-12] education—it may be about the only issue right now,"...

Hawaii, which has gotten beaten up lately by the education-reform community, made impressive gains in math and reading on the 2011 NAEP.

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