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March 27, 2012

What's Up in Congress? Not Much Real Action, State Chiefs Hear

Chief state school officers came up to Washington this week to hear lawmakers explain why one of their top federal priorities, an honest to goodness reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, won't get done this year.

March 20, 2012

Kline Wants More Aid for Special Ed., Less for Obama Priorities

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, wants Congress to put more money into grants to states for special education.

March 19, 2012

Early SIG Data Looks Promising, Duncan Says

The department has begun crunching data for about 700 of the roughly 850 schools that entered the program back in the 2010-11 school year.

March 07, 2012

No Movement on ESEA, But Lawmakers Still Talk Education

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has been working for months on a big, omnibus-style bill aimed at bolstering the middle class.

March 05, 2012

Senate Education Panel Fills Top Staff Position

Mildred Otero will take over the top staff job on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the position left vacant by Bethany Little's departure.

February 28, 2012

House Panel Gives Partisan Approval to ESEA Bills

The pair of bills introduced by the head of the House education committee would scale back the federal role in education and give states much more running room when it comes to K-12 policy.

February 27, 2012

House ESEA Markup Cheat Sheet

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., introduced revised versions of the legislation today. So far, the bill has picked up one official endorsement, from the American Association of School Administrators

February 24, 2012

Advocates Have Long Wish List for House Panel on ESEA Bills

It's official. On Tuesday, the House education committee will consider a pair of bills to remake the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

February 15, 2012

Duncan Champions New Teacher Quality Fund

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to pump up the administration's proposal for a brand new $5 billion competitive grant program to get states and districts to work with teachers, unions, education schools and others to totally retool the teaching profession.

February 06, 2012

Congressmen Worry About Draft Pension Rules' Effect on Charters

Congressmen John Kline and Duncan Hunter ask the IRS to craft proposed pension rules in a way that does not prevent charter school employees from taking part in state retirement plans.

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