June 2014 Archives

An Education Week analysis of recent federal monitoring reports finds that many states were hard-pressed to turn around the bottom 5 percent of schools and help schools with persistent achievement gaps.


Teachers' unions are wary of a new grant in Sen. Tom Harkin's Higher Education Act reauthorization draft that would rank teacher-preparation programs based in part on student test scores.


House Republicans introduced three bills Thursday afternoon in their opening bid to overhaul the Higher Education Act, including a proposal to simplify the student loan application.


A U.S. Education Department official overseeing the process tells state assessment officials to expect the initial draft this summer, and the final in the winter, after more input and public comment.


The bipartisan workforce training bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate, and Senate Democrats plan to unveil their proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.


Republicans on the House education committee plan to introduce a series of bills this week aimed at renewing the Higher Education Act, federal legislation that includes the entire student loan system.


Want to know what areas the Education Department will be paying special attention to when it doles out increasingly scarce federal grant money?


It's a timely question, given that there's been a lot of action in Race to the Top states over the last week that could spark big changes to states' overall plans.


Senate Democrats and Republicans, some of whom have been working more than a decade to overhaul the federal workforce training law, may finally have their day on the chamber floor.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan never actually told Oklahoma it could lose federal dollars if it withdrew from Common Core State Standards.


The Empire State could lose nearly $300 million if the state follows through on a proposal to put off incorporating test scores from common-core-aligned exams in teacher evaluation.


From state assessments and school turnarounds to teacher equity, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and company won't get much time to kick back and work on their tans.


Democrats for Education Reform, the political action committee meant to help counter the teachers' unions' influence on the Democratic party, is trying to make it easier for the public to donate to its favored candidates.


The big news last week was the Vergara verdict and its implications for teacher policy.


Budget constraints and profound mistrust among tribal communities for the federal government are some of the obstacles to overhauling the Bureau of Indian Education.


According to the White House, the president will call for an overhaul of the Bureau of Indian Education which is responsible for 48,000 students in 187 schools located on and off reservations.


Three of the four states that won second-round Race to the Top grants seem to be sailing along, while four other states have seen more significant delays and course-corrections.


The Senate committee responsible for funding education has postponed the markup up of its federal fiscal 2015 spending bill, and Republicans are angry.


Eric Cantor resigned his post as Majority Leader, leaving in jeopardy a short list of education-focused bills awaiting a House vote.


Lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle in Congress said Tuesday that they expect the workforce bill to pass before their July recess.


In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Republican primary for the 7th District of Virginia on Tuesday to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.


The Obama administration's proposal for a new iteration of the Race to the Top program aimed at bolstering educational equity, was rejected by Senate Democrats on a spending subcommittee Tuesday.


"A rushed effort to apply the assessments could punish teachers as they're trying new things," a Gates Foundation official wrote in announcing the group's new stance.


Even so, Oklahoma's decision to drop the Common Core State Standards was motivated by politics and not necessarily what's best for students, the U.S. Secretary of Education said.


Sen. Lamar Alexander sounds off on a Democratic student loan refinancing proposal and a series of executive actions to cap student loan interest rates.


The U.S. Department of Education may lack tools to evaluate an Obama administration competitive-grant program aimed at distressed communities, the investigative arm of Congress finds.


The U.S. Department of Education is launching a new, $75 million round of funding for GEAR UP, a competition aimed at increasing access to higher education for low-income students.


Lawmakers and lobbyists turn up the heat on the Federal Communication Commission, which has promised to revamp its E-Rate system before the start of the next school year.


The U.S. Department of Education uses a three-pronged approach to increase educational stability for children in the foster care system.


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