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May 28, 2010

Edujobs Falters, But Is It Dead?

Even though the $23 billion education jobs bill faltered yesterday in Congress, proponents aren't giving up on a measure which public school advocates say is desperately needed to forestall draconian teacher layoffs nationwide.

May 06, 2010

Was Race to the Top Authorized?

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the former director of the Institute of Education Sciences, argues in this Education Week commentary that the Obama administration's signature education policy program, the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, was not authorized by Congress. As a reporter who covere...

April 28, 2010

Advocates Seek to Tweak EduJobs Bill

You may remember that Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, just released a bill aimed at helping states and districts avert a tidal wave of layoffs and programmatic cuts. Education advocates are eager to see passage of the bill, which...

April 14, 2010

Congress Scores Race to the Top Scoring System

So now that the first round of winners have been announced, powerful members of Congress are starting to question the scoring system for the Race to the Top program. During a hearing of today of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees education spending, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., wen...

April 14, 2010

Duncan Calls on Congress to Pass Edu-Jobs Aid

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today officially called on Congress to pass a second round of funding to help states thwart layoffs and programmatic cuts. This is a big deal because, up to now, the administration hadn't officially asked for more education jobs money, even though the House passe...

March 18, 2010

Early Ed., Community College Initiative, Facilities Aid Out of Student Loan Bill

Democratic leaders couldn't find enough savings through elimination of subsidized student loans to cover new pre-K, new community college program, and school facilities programs.

March 03, 2010

Duncan Covers Familiar Territory in ESEA hearing

Sing along if you know the words: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sketched out his proposal for revising the Elementary and Secondary Act today before the House Education and Labor Committee. Not only were there no new specifics, there were very few new phrases from the secretary. On inc...

January 25, 2010

Massachusetts: Fall-out for K-12 and 2010 Midterms

Folks are still sorting out the results of the Massachusetts special election, and what it means for the Democrats' congressional agenda. (In case you somehow missed it, Bay State voters selected a Republican, Sen.-elect Scott Brown, to fill the seat of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Democratic stalwar...

October 13, 2009

Rep. Mike Castle to Run for Senate

So I'm sure all you politics geeks out there have heard by now that Rep. Mike Castle, a Republican, is going to run for the Senate seat in Delaware that became vacant when Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. became Vice President Joe Biden. Sen. Edward E. Kaufman, a Democrat, is keeping the seat warm for now,...

September 22, 2009

What Happened to that Facilities Money in the Stimulus?

Remember the compromise Congress came up with on school facilities in order to pass the economic-stimulus package? Proponents decided to ditch the billions in school construction grants to win support from moderate lawmakers for the overall stimulus. Instead, school districts were allowed to use a p...

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