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Despite being on federal "high-risk" status, the Aloha State has finished almost all of its Race to the Top work.

Only five states still have pending applications with the U.S. Department of Education for No Child Left Behind Act waivers.

Back in 2009, the Obama administration and Congress gambled $3 billion on a big nationwide effort to turn around the lowest performing schools

The education secretary asserted that the federal government didn't write the common-core standards, didn't mandate them, doesn't regulate them--and never will.

Illinois officials are wondering what the Education Secretary's new flexibility on teacher evaluations means for their waiver application, which continues to languish.

Some chiefs found the department's messaging on teacher evaluation less than helpful.

With two more states poised to get waivers from NCLB accountability requirements, Rep. George Miller is keeping his eye on renewal.

Another markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education bill, another totally predictable partisan vote.

The U.S. Department of Education will allow some states that have gotten waivers from pieces of the Elementary and Secondary Education to postpone using student growth on state tests as a factor in personnel decisions.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will offer states more flexibility on implementing the teacher evaluation piece of their NCLB waivers as they put the common core into practice.

Some conservatives say Rep. John Kline's bill doesn't go far enough when it comes to getting rid of the federal role in K-12.

There's going to be a lot more action in Congress this year than we've seen at any time since way back in 2001, when the No Child Left Behind Act passed.

On a completely predictable party-line vote, the Senate Education Committee approved a bill to reauthorize the long-stalled renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The federal role in education was at the heart of the debate on the Senate Democrat's ESEA legislation.

A group of 46 progressive educators and policy advocates ramped up their call for "supports-based reform" by issuing a declaration to "rebuild America."

President Obama today tapped Catherine E. Lhamon, who spent a decade working for the American Civil Liberties Union in California, as chief civil rights enforcer at the Education Department.

There are going to be 40 amendments to the Democratic-only bill tommorrow.

Reps. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., and Duncan Hunter, R-CA, complained that "post-waiver reality is not living up to the pre-waiver assurances" that states gave the U.S. Department of Education.

Can't keep the three bills put out in Congress this week on the long-stalled reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act straight? Here's your cheat sheet:   Senate Senate House Category Democrat Republican Republican Accountability Maintains the NCLB law's testing schedule, and states that have federal waivers could stick with those plans. States that don't already have federal waivers would have to come up with a set of goals that take into account both overall student achievement and growth. States without waivers would have to submit an ambitious accountability plan to the U.S. secretary of education for approval. States...

Both states have struggled with capacity to implement their plans, according to new progress reports released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

Happy Friday! Read through three bills and still want more on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? Check out these good reads.

The program would dole out competitive grants to school districts who partner with post-secondary institutions and other organizations.

In the latest bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind, House Republicans want to give states maximum flexibility, except when it comes to teacher evaluations.

Sen. Alexander is counting on transparency, not federally approved goals, to be the main lever for school improvement.

An Obama administration plan would ask the Federal Communications Commission to make potentially broad changes to the E-rate program, which provides tech support to schools.

A Senate Democratic bill to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act would require states set achievement and growth targets for students, but is unlikely to become law.

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