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About 100 cities, counties, and tribal communities have said they are going to take the Obama administration up on its new "My Brother's Keeper" initiative community challenge.


Candidates debate the Common Core State Standards in a three-way race for Senate in Louisiana.


The U.S. Department of Education is hoping to survey 2,000 high schools to find out what works and what doesn't.


The Education Department still needs to tackle teacher preparation regulations and outline criteria for judging assessments.


Add California Democrat Rep. George Miller's name to the list of policymakers who think a "smart pause" is warranted before tying teacher evaluations to tests aligned to the Common Core standards.


Attorney General Eric Holder worked with the U.S. Department of Education to create civil rights guidance on school discipline.


Any policy impact aside, one thing is almost certain: Social media would have made the Charlottesville, Va., summit a lot more fun for education journalists to cover.


A new TV ad from the National Education Association, which dings Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican Senate challenger, features parents speaking in Spanish.


A new study shows that NCLB's accountability system may not be as bad as some people think.


The U.S. Department of Education has extended three additional No Child Left Behind waivers, for Alabama, Texas, and Puerto Rico.


Results of the poll were shared with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and the state's Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis, who are in the nation's closest mid-term election race.


Happy Friday! While you wait for the weekend to begin, check out these newsy bits you may have missed this week.


Under Rep. Steve Israel's new bill, the federal role in federal testing would shrink.


Malloy sent a letter to Duncan, saying that he wants to "start a dialogue" between the feds and Connecticut on ways to "reduce the testing burden."


Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., put a hold on the Child Care and Development Block Grant bill because he wants priority given to his bill that would require background checks on school employees.


In the second showing of bipartisanship on education bills this week, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee passed an education research bill on voice vote.


In a wide-ranging interview during his recent back-to-school bus tour, the education secretary discussed a variety of topics and highlighted some of his top priorities.


At least 17 waiver recipients say they are likely to take the U.S. Department of Education up on its recent offer to postpone using student achievement data in teacher evaluations this school year.


That means the districts—including Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana Unified School Districts—have some work to do if they want to keep their waiver in the 2015-16 school year and beyond.


States and districts may be somewhat weary of competitive grants, but the early childhood education money seems to be garnering a lot of interest.


After months of negotiations, lawmakers struck a bipartisan, bicameral deal to update the Child Care and Development Block Grant.


Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down for an interview with Education Week and talked No Child Left Behind, waivers, and Congress.


The Senate will mark up reauthorization of the federal education research law next week.


On the last stop of his back-to-school bus tour, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talked about improving education in impoverished communities at a turnaround school in Memphis, Tenn.


The PTA should take an active role in forcing a debate around education in 2016, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told parents and teachers in Nashville, Tenn.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says states will be more likely to clinch the new early-learning funds if their proposals have strong parent-engagement components.


At a tour of NASA's space camp in Huntsville, Ala., the education secretary put the spotlight on the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.


The liberal Democratic congressman with a thick Boston accent became the first incumbent Democrat to lose in a primary this year, falling to challenger Seth Moulton Tuesday night.


At an event in Birmingham, Ala., the U.S. Secretary of Education asked what he and President Barack Obama can do to help African-American students achieve their goals.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will highlight the administration's My Brother's Keeper initiative, effective early-learning programs, and the importance of STEM on Tuesday.


With Congress back from its annual summer recess, it turns to its one major task before the mid-term elections, a spending bill to avert a government shut-down.


Unlike many states who have received waiver extensions lately, the letters for both the Volunteer State and the nation's capitol have absolutely no caveats.


Floundering schools that receive federal turnaround dollars would get some new options for using the money under draft guidance slated to be published in the federal register Monday.


In the latest multi-million dollar ad buy in North Carolina, the National Education Association blasts the education record of GOP challenger Thom Tillis.


Kansas is the very first state to shed the "high-risk" label.


In the nation's closest and most expensive senatorial campaign, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Thom Tillis, squared off on education issues in the first of three debates.


In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Education Department awarded the school district funding for continued counseling, safety services, and support.


Ann Whalen, who left the U.S. Department of Education in July, spent the last six years at the department, where she headed up the Implementation and Support Unit.


Tutoring companies see an opportunity in states shifting back to No Child Left Behind's requirements, like Washington State and Oklahoma.


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