September 2013 Archives

Texas, which has shunned Race to the Top and the common core, becomes the 43rd recipient of a No Child Left Behind Act waiver.

Congress, which is just about to shut down the government, took a major beating from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today in a speech at the National Press Club.

Oct. 25 is the new deadline for states to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for extra time to tie personnel decisions to new teacher evaluations.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will lay out second-term priorities as his agency is preparing for a government shutdown.

A temporary shutdown is arguably no big deal compared to what could happen if Congress is unable to deal with the debt ceiling.

The U.S. Department of Education has already approved eight amendments to the winning Race to the Top district plans, including a couple of significant changes.

Districts that receive Impact Aid to make up for the loss of tax revenue have been the poster children for sequestration.

New legislation will bring cuts to some rural schools, but it still received endorsement of education advocates for its long-term goals.

Should Attorney General Eric Holder get ready to raise his right hand and swear under oath to explain the Justice Department's push to stop Louisiana from implementing a voucher program?

Career and Technical Education legislation has always been bipartisan. Lawmakers in the House are hoping that an upcoming reauthorization can continue the tradition.

Sustaining their new evaluation systems is going to be a tall order, nearly all Race to the Top states say, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Bad, but not surprising, news for education advocates: It's looking more and more likely that a government shutdown could be in the offing.

The Senate education committee today gave swift, unanimous approval to a bill that would revise the $5.2 billion Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which hasn't gotten a makeover since 1996.

Could the Investing in Innovation grant program end with the Obama administration? Not if U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Col., and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, can help it.

The U.S. Department of Education offered states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring, as long as they administer field tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Some very big-name House Republicans are not very happy with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his handling of the Louisiana voucher court case.

The Missing Children's Assistance Act, which was first passed in 1984, authorized the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

CTE, which governs roughly $1.13 billion in Career and Technical Education money, was last reauthorized back in 2006.

A host of big name state and local government groups really, really wants U.S. Senate leaders to renew ESEA soon.

The U.S. Department of Education is taking a very minimal role in helping to implement President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

The Economic Policy Institute finds flaws in Race to the Top and questions how much the $4 billion will narrow achievement gaps and improve student outcomes.

Brokedown Congress is gearing up for its umpteenth game of fiscal chicken, with education caught in the cross-hairs.

The congressional debate on the future of the Institute of Education Sciences is just starting.

Arizona and federal officials are arguing over the weight given to graduation rates in the state accountability system and the use of student growth in its teacher-evaluation system.

California's plan to dump most of its state testing program as it muddles through the transition to new tests aligned to the common core got a major rejection letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today.

Congress is back in town this week, but education legislation is likely to remain on the back burner in both chambers for the next month.

A new report commissioned by legislative leaders in Indiana finds that the changes made to the state's grading system, which benefited a charter school run by a top political donor, were "plausible."

The U.S. Department of Education will base part of its decision to renew a state's waiver on data analyses that it has not committed to making public.

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