Should states and schools be able to use federal dollars originally aimed at afterschool and summer learning programs to add extra time to the school day? The Senate appropriations committee says yes.
The Obama administration had proposed cutting off funding for a District of Columbia voucher program in fiscal 2013, a move that angered conservatives.
A bill approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee would add a "whole school reform" model to the four controversial school turnaround choices now spelled out in the federal School Improvement Grant program.
Two key K-12 formula programs—Title I grants for districts and state grants for special education—would see slight boosts in a bill approved on a party line vote Tuesday by the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending.
Everyone from groups representing governors, state and local school officials, and think tanks to individual citizens are commenting on the U.S. Department of Education's draft rules for the Race to the Top for districts.
The government agency analyzed reports that offered some conflicting information about the extent of bullying and whether it affects some groups more compared to others.
The White House announced today that the Education Department will work to make it easier for students to repay their loans.
Only three states--Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota--chose to continue buying beef that may contain lean finely textured beef for their schools, the Associated Press reported earlier today. Everyone else said they would pay 3 percent more for beef served in school meals that doesn't contain the ingredient. The company that makes beef containing pink slime, Beef Products Inc., is based in South Dakota and has facilities in Iowa and Nebraska.
Back in Massachusetts, then-Gov. Mitt Romney proposed ideas on turnarounds and teacher quality that closely mirror proposals that President Barack Obama put forth just a few years later. Case in point? Romney's turnaround plan, which never got through the Democratically-controlled state legislature, but which called for districts to remove a school's principal, turn schools into charters, and give local leaders more autonomy. Sounds very similar to the School Improvement Grant program to me. Romney was also hoping to tie teacher evaluations to test scores. Read all about it in this story. Some interesting details from Romney's record that didn't make ...
"Lots of these kids have had pretty good experiences," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "That's heartwarming," and not something he would have expected as little as five years ago. "Things are going the right way."