July 2013 Archives

How aggressive will the U.S. Department of Education be in monitoring state grading systems, which are central to its No Child Left Behind waiver program.

The U.S. House is expected to vote today on a bill that would initially lower interest rates on student loans and tie future rates to the market.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview that he plans to be "extraordinarily vocal" on sequestration as budget fights heat up.

Districts will vie for individual federal awards of up to $40 million; applications are due to the U.S. Department of Education by Oct. 3.

Concerned about Georgia's teacher-evaluation system, the U.S. Department of Education warned the state a year ago that it was at risk of losing $33 million.

Libby Doggett, formerly the director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Home Visiting Campaign, will oversee the Early Learning Challenge grants and help promote preschool expansion.

It's clear the Kentucky and Tennessee Republicans have become buddies on school choice, a K-12 issue that unites most in the GOP and has political implications on both sides of the aisle.

After seeing significant improvements, the U.S. Department of Education removes Hawaii's $75 million Race to the Top grant from "high-risk status".

The U.S. Department of Education is developing a searchable web database for its data collections.

The U.S. Department of Education continues to quietly approve and negotiate over states' teacher-evaluation systems as part of its No Child Left Behind Act waiver process.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, one of the most prominent Democrats to support vouchers, is likely to be the next U.S. senator from New Jersey.

Colorado, Wisconsin and New Mexico are getting additional Race to the Top cash under the Early Learning Challenge competition, the states announced this week.

Alexander and teaparty favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will talk up school choice.

A Senate bill passed July 24 could mean lower rates for students come this fall. But it could result in much higher rates in years to come.

President Barack Obama used a high-profile speech on the nation's economic future to bolster his administration's case for investing in education programs.

A House panel put off a vote on an K-12 spending bill, a move advocates think might be driven by the magnitude of cuts.

As Congress shifts into budget season, education advocates are getting ready to renew their push to fight the across-the-board cuts to federal K-12 programs, better known Inside-the-Beltway as "sequestration."

The Obama administration is endorsing the latest bipartisan Senate plan to set student-loan interest rates to the market.

Edweek's Common Core Queen Catherine Gewertz has the full scoop.

Thirty-one school districts cut positions, according to a survey by the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools.

Now that the House has passed its NCLB rewrite, what do key lawmakers have to say? What role did teachers play in the debate? Plus, more on how the bill impacts special education, charters, and tests.

The Republican version is almost a complete U-turn, policy-wise, from the existing federal school accountability law.

This week, the nine California districts applying for their own tailor-made NCLB waiver met with federal officials to try to seal the deal.

Conservative lawmakers won a big concession today on the teacher-evaluation portion of a bill to renew the No Child Left Behind Act.

The conservative wing of the GOP pushed Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education Committee, to what amounts to a major watering down of the teacher-evaluation portion of a bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

Several groups oppose amendments to the House's ESEA bill dealing with teacher evaluation.

Their chief complaint of the STEM Education Coalition is that the bill would abolish the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put members on notice that it could consider a vote in favor of the Student Success Act as an un-business friendly.

On the eve of a possible vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on long-stalled legislation to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act, the bill's road to passage is still somewhat bumpy.

Starting tomorrow, paid banner ads will run on education blogs in 10 Democratic congressional districts urging voters to tell representatives: "Put your kids first, not Washington bureaucrats."

The stakes are really high both for House GOP leadership and for the No Child Left Behind Act rewrite itself as the leadership works to round up votes in advance of planned floor action.

School choice will likely be part of the debate when the House of Representatives takes up a bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have filed 74 amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill that could go before the full House on Thursday.

If a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act goes to the floor of the House next week, look for a hot policy debate over the Title I funding formula.

The deal blew up as soon as the group learned that the proposal would cost $22 billion over ten years.

The administration's signature competitive grant programs took some serious abuse from Democrats during committee consideration of a bill financing the U.S. Department of Education in fiscal year 2014.

The agreement, which is based on proposals put forth by the Obama administration and congressional Republicans, would make interest rates variable from year to year.

Potential selling points for conservatives include language that would give school districts more flexibility when it comes to using federal funds.

Months of inside baseball and congressional sparring has yielded no actual solution on student loans.

The former Race to the Top guru at the U.S. Department of Education said the Obama administration's education legacy will be broader than just that of the grant competition that's become synonymous with the president.

Funding increases for early-childhood education, but nothing for high school redesign, are included in a spending bill for fiscal year 2014 approved by Senate Democrats.

He will become a vice president at GMMB, a public relations and consulting firm in Washington.

The House of Representatives is slated to consider a bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act really soon.

Emma Vadehra, a former education department staffer who spent the last two years at Uncommon Schools, will take the post.

It's not everyday that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issues a statement in response to a district meltdown—but he just did in the case of Philadelphia. His statement, urging district, city, and state leaders to fix the financial mess and directing his department to offer technical assistance, comes after a June 28 letter in which AFT President Randi Weingarten and historian Diane Ravitch joined forces to urge him to intervene. Here's the full text of his statement: There's no excuse for a public school system anywhere in the U.S. to be in this situation in the ...

Fourteen states said they can't or won't apply to the U.S. Department of Education for additional time to tie personnel decisions to teacher evaluations.

Nine California districts are proceeding as if they will get their flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education.

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