The Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America's Health are pushing for changes from the federal Education and Health and Human Services departments to improve kids' health, noting the connection between student achievement and students who are healthy, well-fed, well-rested, and attend schools without fear of being bullied or injured.

Legislation that would stave off a proposed rate hike for student loans failed to pass a key procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate--even though the basic policy has the support of President Obama, presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and congressional Democrats and Republicans.

A number of key staffers have left Capitol Hill since October, when the Senate education committee passed an Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill that has been collecting legislative dust ever since in Broke Down Congress.

Hawaii will get to hold on to its Race to the Top grant—for now. But it remains on high-risk status, according to a letter released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

California has readied its own waiver request, which borrows some things from the U.S. Department of Education's principles—but skips a key component: teacher evaluation.

Hawaii's teachers' union will take yet another vote on the new evaluation system that was a centerpiece of the state's winning Race to the Top application--but now threatens to jeopardize its funding.

The Center on Education Policy has a new home at George Washington University, and a new leader.

If you're a federal budget nerd....

The second round of states-26 plus the District of Columbia-that applied to the U.S. Department of Education for wiggle room from the No Child Left Behind law got feedback on their requests in a round of letters sent April 17.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan road-tested the administration's general election arguments on education Monday, in a speech before the "Mom Congress."

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