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Republicans in Congress and Democrats, including the Obama administration, are still trying to figure out a way to pay for a plan to keep student loans rates stable.

The U.S. Department of Education today granted waivers to eight of the 26 states (plus the District of Columbia) that applied in February for wiggle room under the No Child Left Behind Act. The second-round waiver states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Ohio has not received approval yet on its grading system, but it's waiver isn't considered conditional. Notice a pattern there? Except for Connecticut and Louisiana, all of the waiver recipients were among the dozen states that won a slice of the $4 billion Race to the Top fund. That ...

John Chubb, the interim executive director of Education Sector, a think tank in Washington, has bowed out of his work with the Romney campaign, Alexander Russo reports. There's even more from Russo on Chubb here....

Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has said Obama did a good job with choice and merit-pay, and his surrogate, Gov. Jeb Bush has given Obama high praise for standing up to unions.

The Obama campaign sought to tout the president's accomplishments on K-12, and throw cold water on Romney's record in Massachusetts and his ideas for revamping K-12.

Some might say that education is the poster child for the Obama "We Can't Wait" initiative.

UPDATED WASHINGTON—Presumptive GOP nominee Gov. Mitt Romney called today for making federal funding for special education and disadvantaged students portable—meaning the money would follow students to any school their parents choose, including a private school. Under his proposal, parents could also choose to use the funds under Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at charter schools, for online courses, or for tutoring. Title I is funded at $14.5 billion this year, and IDEA is funded at $11.6 billion, and any proposal to radically shift the use of that money would be almost certain...

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his education advisers have been mulling a beefed-up role for school choice using federal funding.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee releases his list of education policy advisers, including a former U.S. Secretary of Education and a current state schools chief.

The Education Department is issuing draft criteria for the $400 million in new Race to the Top competitive grants earmarked for districts.

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee is asking the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, to look into state's progress in putting in place the teacher and principal portions of their Race to Top applications

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today he doesn't get why Florida passed a law requiring districts to continue offering free tutoring to students in struggling schools, prompting an angry response from the state.

Today, teh House subcommittee that oversees K-12 education explored parent triggers, plus long-standing, oft-debated choice options for parents, including charter schools and school vouchers.

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, would end practice of counting tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable serving.

The House passed a bill that would stop the cuts—known in Inside-the-Beltway speak as "sequestration"—for a year for all programs. But education advocates—and the White House—aren't exactly celebrating.

Vermont is weighing whether to continue applying for a waiver, after back-and-forth exchange with the U.S. Department of Education has lead the state to stray far from the original proposal it sold to stakeholders.

The Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America's Health are pushing for changes from the federal Education and Health and Human Services departments to improve kids' health, noting the connection between student achievement and students who are healthy, well-fed, well-rested, and attend schools without fear of being bullied or injured.

Legislation that would stave off a proposed rate hike for student loans failed to pass a key procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate--even though the basic policy has the support of President Obama, presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and congressional Democrats and Republicans.

A number of key staffers have left Capitol Hill since October, when the Senate education committee passed an Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill that has been collecting legislative dust ever since in Broke Down Congress.

Hawaii will get to hold on to its Race to the Top grant—for now. But it remains on high-risk status, according to a letter released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

California has readied its own waiver request, which borrows some things from the U.S. Department of Education's principles—but skips a key component: teacher evaluation.

Hawaii's teachers' union will take yet another vote on the new evaluation system that was a centerpiece of the state's winning Race to the Top application--but now threatens to jeopardize its funding.

The Center on Education Policy has a new home at George Washington University, and a new leader.

If you're a federal budget nerd....

The second round of states-26 plus the District of Columbia-that applied to the U.S. Department of Education for wiggle room from the No Child Left Behind law got feedback on their requests in a round of letters sent April 17.

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