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June 25, 2009

Rep. John Kline: States Should Decide How Tests Work Under NCLB

The brand-new top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, said this morning that he's not wedded to the idea that states should test their students in reading and math once a year in grades 3-8. In fact, he thinks that states should get to decide how ...

June 22, 2009

Green Dot Founder Eyes D.C. Charters

Steve Barr says he'll be talking with Chancellor Michelle Rhee about bringing his model for small high schools to the District of Columbia.

June 17, 2009

Rep. John Kline Takes Top GOP Slot On House Ed Committee

Rep. John Kline of Minnesota is the new top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee. Kline wasn't in Congress back in 2001, when lawmakers approved the No Child Left Behind Act, so it's unclear whether he would have supported the legislation. But, unlike Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon...

June 16, 2009

Sen. Coburn's 100 Top Wasteful Stimulus Projects Include School Spending

The Republican singles out a Rhode Island school's new skate park, a Wisconsin district's school lunch equipment, and Detroit Public Schools in general for questionable stimulus spending.

June 09, 2009

Rep. McKeon to Leave GOP Top Spot on Ed. Panel

Inside Baseball Alert: Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., is going to be the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, replacing Rep. John McHugh of New York, who is going to work in the Obama administration. That means McKeon won't be the ranking member on the House Education and ...

June 09, 2009

Congress Works on 'Reading First 2.0'

So, now that the original Reading First program is officially dead, Congress and the administration are scrambling to create a new program that would retain the federal government's investment in literacy, without all the unfortunate conflict-of-interest issues and effectiveness questions. It's up...

June 04, 2009

Green Dot's Barr: 'Make Private Schools Illegal'

The colorful charter school founder offered members of Congress some unconventional notions about how the feds can help the cause.

May 11, 2009

Senate Committee to Look at D.C. Voucher Program

A quick scan of the invite list for Sen. Lieberman’s hearing suggests a lot of sympathetic voices will be testifying at Wednesday's hearing.

May 04, 2009

Congress Not Giving Up on Facilities

So if you were following the behind-the-scenes drama of the creation of the stimulus bill, you may remember that a specially dedicated fund just for school facilities, a huge priority for President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress, was stripped out at the last minute to gain the supp...

April 29, 2009

Live Blogging: The Common Standards Hearing

Reporter Alyson Klein brings you highlights of the back-and-forth as the House Education and Labor committee hears testimony on the push for common academic standards.

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