May 2013 Archives

In a statement today, four groups representing school district leaders call for "adequate" time to manage the transition to the common core standards and tests.

The Council of Chief State School Officers says it needs flexibility from federal officials to manage the common core transition.

In their revised application, the nine California districts seeking a No Child Left Behind Act waiver dropped plans to count only the test scores from the last grade in each school for accountability purposes.

Florida's use of $1.25 million in Race to the Top funds to settle a contract dispute was allowable, according to federal officials.

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Education and the education secretary from using federal grant money or waivers to encourage states to adopt common standards or tests.

Federally subsidized loan rates are set to double in just a month and a half unless lawmakers and the administration can come to an agreement.

The federal share of school spending is still well above where it was before the recession and the economic-stimulus package.

Most Race to the Top states are keeping their participating districts on board, even as a couple of states run into trouble.

Student loans were the number one topic when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the House education panel today on President Barack Obama's budget proposal.

Thirty-seven states plus the District of Columbia now have their own federally approved but state-crafted accountability plans.

A spokesman for the U.S. Secretary of Education said federal officials are thinking through the concerns about high stakes tied to the common core "carefully."

New funding for STEM education at the U.S. Department of Education included in the U.S. Senate's immigration legislation.

Fewer students will likely participate in a national test designed to see how well American kids are mastering civics, history, and geography - thanks to the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

Each of the 12 original Race to the Top states, plus the seven third-round winners, promised to adopt and implement the common core standards.

Employees at the U.S. Department of Education won't face furloughs due to the cuts from sequestration, according to a memo sent to staff late this afternoon.

Student loan interest rates are slated to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent this summer, unless Congress and the administration do something to stop it.

Philosophical differences on a couple of key areas have scuttled the chance at bipartisanship between the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate's education committee.

Will this finally be the year that Congress actually reauthorizes the No Child Left Behind Act, which has been awaiting renewal for more than six years?

Former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee said she tells lawmakers to reframe the common core debate as one about global competitiveness.

The nine California districts will no longer use only the test scores of the final grade in a school for accountability purposes.

The deadline to apply for $135 million in Investing in Innovation grants is July 2.

The California chapter of Democrats for Education Reform supports the CORE district-waiver proposal, even if the DFER national office does not.

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