Just in case there is a future for the Investing in Innovation, or 'i3', competition, the U.S. Department of Education is gearing up. They've published proposed regulations that seek to tweak the rules that governed the 2010 competition. Comments are due by Feb. 9. Among the changes: the department wants to give itself more flexibility in determining what priorities i3 grant applicants must focus on when they make their pitches, and what selection criteria will be used to judge the applicants. In addition, the current regulations specify that a grant recipient can only win two awards and no more ...

Rumor has it that the president is going to make a big push for renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in his address to the newly divided Congress, slated for Jan. 25.

Ed Week is hosting an online chat today (Wednesday) on the financial crisis facing schools. Two experts on state and local budgets will be answering readers' questions.

It's just one of the interesting facts you'll find if you dig deep into the treasure trove of data embedded in EdWeek's latest Quality Counts report.

Although the Minnesota governor wants to reapply for Race to the Top, there's nothing to reapply for yet.

Jon Schnur will aid Mayor Bloomberg on K-12 philanthropy and start a new nonprofit group.

Five one-time congressional aides, all with over a decade of experience in Washington, have teamed up to form Penn Hill Group, a new government relations firm that will specialize in a range of issues, including K-12 policy.

Invitations went out today to about 2,000 school districts that got federal funding in the past year under some of the department's signature competitive grant programs.

The Secretary of Education says K-12 policy can be a rare area of bipartisan agreement in a divided Washington.

The list includes Race to the Top winners, ESEA reauthorization on hold, abolishing the Education Department, the split in the Democratic party, and more.

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