Pell Grants were the elephant in the room when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified Wednesday before the Senate panel that oversees K-12 spending.
The Senate education chairman declined today to be specific about exactly when the panel would get around to marking up the very, very long-overdue ESEA reauthorization bill.
A new undertaking from the federal Justice and Education departments targets school discipline policies that divert students from schools to the justice system and keep them from pursuing an education.
Supporter of Pell Grants worry the program could suffer if debt-reduction talks in Congress end up imposing big new cuts on the U.S. Department of Education.
Last year, when the Investing in Innovation pot was bigger, 1,600 applicants competed for $650 million. This year, with $150 million up for grabs, nearly 1,400 are likely to apply.
Tough spending choices could be in store for states and districts on K-12 education if Congress and President Obama fail to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling--and even if they do.
States that have signaled they will not apply for the $500 million Race to the Top early-learning competition include Florida, California, and Tennessee.
The U.S. Department of Education could withhold federal funds and require better testing security in the fallout of numerous cheating scandals.
Thelma Melendez, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, is leaving to take the helm of the Santa Ana school district in Orange County, Calif.
The president met with several CEOs this afternoon to ask the business community to commit more money to improving K-12 education.