In many ways, the i3 competition is a much bigger logistical problem for the department than Race to the Top, which has higher stakes.

We may not know who the Race to the Top peer reviewers are, but the Education Department has provided some basic demographic information on this jury that will help dole out the first round of $4 billion in competitive grants. Not that these tidbits will satisfy the critics of the department's decision to keep the panelists' identities secret, but they're worth sharing nonetheless. The crew of 58 looks like this: 15 are former principals, 30 are former K-12 teachers 4 are attorneys 35 have doctoral degrees 12 have served on state or local boards of education 15 are former state ...

The U.S. secretary of education says his comments were "dumb" and expressed in a "poor way."

The measure of gauging student performance would be changed from adequate yearly progress to a system that measures readiness for college and careers.

In an interview, the education secretary says that Hurricane Katrina allowed for a new, better school system in New Orleans.

Edubloggers, including none other than Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, are having quite the back-and-forth on the issue of whether the list of Race to the Top judges should be kept a secret: Quick Reacap: Michele brought up the question last week. Then AEI's resident edu-smartypants Rick Hess gave his take. Duncan didn't respond directly, but addressed the issue here. Hess shot back, reminding the Education Department what happened when allegations of conflict of interest were raised about Reading First. And Eduwonk engaged in a lively debate... with himself. Hess explained here why one of the debating Eduwonks is wrong ...

Two alums of the Alliance for Excellence Education are likely to play key roles on Capitol Hill.

Republicans seem to have mixed views on whether the Obama administration's hopes for a bipartisan reauthorization of the law are realistic.

Despite a pledge to hold the line on many domestic programs, President Barack Obama is expected to highlight a proposed boost for K-12 education in tonight's State of the Union address to Congress.

The department is also increasing the maximum grant award that each school can receive under its Title 1 school improvement grants program.

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