July 2014 Archives

The Thomas B. Fordham's Institute's longstanding president, Chester E. "Checker" Finn Jr., steps down Aug. 1.


Georgia, Delaware, Minnesota, New York, and South Carolina are the latest to receive extensions of their flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education.


The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.


U.S. Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday that would tighten restrictions on the use of student data.


House Republicans include far less funding in their aid package to address the surge of child immigrants at the border than Senate Democrats.


At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.


Not having to negotiate with federal officials on the finer points of teacher evaluation, rigorous standards, or school turnarounds has made it easier to chart their own paths, some education leaders say.


The House passed three higher education bills this week as part of its piecemeal efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which the Senate is also trying to tackle.


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to the National Urban League, where he touched briefly on school choice topics, including charter schools and vouchers.


The Senate Appropriations Committee officially released its education spending proposal for fiscal year 2015, and the House Budget Committee unveiled a series of education policy proposals.


Congress is set to take up vastly different aid proposals aimed at stemming the tide of unaccompanied minors streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border.


House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, and Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., introduced a bill Wednesday that would boost community schools that provide important wraparound services.


It's unlikely Congress will pass a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 before the end of this fiscal year, despite lawmakers' insistence they would.


NCLB waivers and Race to the Top look at outcomes, like a teachers' ability to improve test scores; a new strategy aims mostly at inputs, like years of experience.


The Education Department isn't willing to cut Washington, the first ex-waiver state, any slack, a warning to other states that may be on the verge of losing their flexibility.


Sixty big-city school systems pledge to focus on strategies proven to improve outcomes for African-American and Latino boys.


The Old Line State and the Gem State became the seventh, and eighth states to see their waivers extended, for one additional year


There was a ton of state activity this week, with implications for federal policy, most of it centered around ... you guessed it ... Common Core. For more, check out there good reads:


It's 1981, and Education Week obtains a top-secret memo by President Ronald Reagan's education secretary saying the U.S. Department of Education should be abolished and its functions reassigned to other federal agencies.


Several Race to the Top states are tweaking their implementation of new teacher-evaluation policies adopted as part of the promises made in their applications.


As we move deeper into midterm election season, here's a preview of some potentially competitive House and Senate races with ramifications for education.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joins others at a Washington event commemorating the landmark 1964 law, but saying more work still needs to be done.


The two national teachers' unions played some serious politics during their recent annual conferences, including calling for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


The U.S. Secretary of Education also said that Pennsylvania's current level of commitment to funding public schools in Philadelphia is "unacceptable."


The U.S. Department of Education's process for holding state's feet to the fire on the promises they made in their applications hasn't been transparent, advocates say.


The Education and the Workforce Committee cleared three bills with bipartisan support Thursday in its opening bid to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.


If Seattle gets the go-ahead from Duncan, it would be the first individual district in the country to get its very own waiver.


The House is set to pass the bipartisan workforce development bill Wednesday afternoon by a wide margin. The measure would provide greater access to job training for students entering the workforce with special needs.


What if you got a chance to tell Obama and Duncan where you think the nation is going wrong, and right, when it comes to K-12 policy?


Congress has just 16 working days before its month-long summer recess. Here's a rundown of what's on its education-related to-do list.


States will be required to submit new plans to address teacher distribution by April of 2015, or just a few months before the department likely will begin to consider states' requests to renew their waivers from the NCLB law.


Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, South Dakota, Nevada, and Virginia are told they can keep their flexibility through the end of the upcoming school year.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is calling on state chiefs to support school counselors, though advocates chafe at administration attempts to consolidate the main federal program that finances K-12 counselors.


On the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, some of the original Freedom Riders joined students for a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Education.


Some states with NCLB waivers will be able to extend that flexibility for a year, even as they negotiate revisions to their teacher-evaluation systems with the Education Department.


Randy Dorn, Washington's state chief, doesn't think schools that miss achievement targets should have to notify parents.


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