December 2013 Archives

New York had yet to draw down nearly 60 percent of its $700 million in Race to the Top winnings with just months left to go in the program, the latest federal data show.

The federal government shutdown, rewriting NCLB, Race to the Top, and the "fiscal cliff" were among the most popular topics on this blog in 2013.

StudentsFirst, Teach Plus, The Education Trust-West and others are hoping that Duncan will call for some additional data reporting before green-lighting California's testing waiver request.

Think education advocates work is all done now that Congress is all done with the big budget deal? Think again.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, says that U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's has had the wrong strategy when it comes to driving change.

Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New Jersey and Vermont will share $280 million, the U.S. Department of Education announced today.

School districts say the fiscal breathing room can't come soon enough as lawmakers pass a spending plan that wards off another round of automatic funding cuts.

U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said he thinks it's "pretty hard to see" how ESEA will be reauthorized by the end of the Obama administration.

But Education Department employees are slowly giving the agency higher marks for providing effective leadership and fostering teamwork, according to new rankings from the Partnership for Public Service.

Can Congress break the legislative logjam on education? Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, shares his views.

Houston is the only big-city district to win this year's district Race to the Top federal-grant contest, worth a total of $120 million.

New research on No Child Left Behind Act waivers finds far fewer schools being identified for interventions in waiver states, raising questions about whether the right schools are being targeted.

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 26 people, most of them children, the U.S. secretary of education spoke of "unspeakable loss."

The 25 non-profits with the highest-rated Investing in Innovation grant applications have all secured a private sector match of up to 15 percent.

The vote puts school districts and early-childhood education programs one step closer to getting some relief from the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

The arrest of Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff leads to the promotion of longtime education aide David Cleary.

An outside contractor crunching data on the controversial School Improvement Grant program erroneously excluded too many schools that should have been included in the mix.

A federal spending plan unveiled Tuesday night would leave the door open for lawmakers to boost spending on disadvantaged children and students in special education.

President Obama also has proposed an additional $130 million in his 2014 budget for efforts to help teachers and other adults recognize signs of mental illness in youth.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton argued that it was "mythology" to say that the U.S. had truly "fallen behind."

The American Federation of Teachers and its partners are pushing a "National Day of Action" to oppose privatization of schooling and endorse community schools, wraparound services.

If you were looking for a poster-child for how congressional dysfunction is affecting lawmakers' ability to get even the smallest things done, this may be it.

School districts won't have to report new data on school discipline and bullying until 2015-16.

Mississippi and Nevada now have until the 2016-17 school year to get their teacher evaluation systems fully up and running.

Amy McIntosh, who has been working on teacher and leader effectiveness in New York state, will be joining the U.S. Department of Education's office of planning, evaluation, and policy development.

The groups, 47 in all, sent a letter to Senate leaders asking them to get moving already on ESEA reauthorization.

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