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September 28, 2015

Arne Duncan to Charter Schools: Here's Millions in Grants, Be More Responsible

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding millions under the Charter School Program to fund new charters and expand high-performing networks.

September 28, 2015

Education Department Updates Its Government Shutdown Plan

A long shutdown could disrupt aid to schools and colleges, the U.S. Department of Education warns.

September 25, 2015

Education Department Restarts Peer-Review of Tests

States that have adopted new tests, or made significant changes to their old ones, will have to undergo peer review by the U.S. Department of Education within the next four to eight months, according to department officials.

September 23, 2015

English-Learners New to the U.S. Are Focus of Education Department Initiative

John King, a senior adviser to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, acknowledged that the recently completed English-learner tool kit is merely the department's "first installment" in support of ELLs.

September 21, 2015

Which Education Programs Would Be Hit by a Government Shutdown?

Impact Aid and Head Start would be among the first federal education programs to feel the pinch from a government shutdown.

September 16, 2015

Ed. Department Gets a New 'Open Educational Resources' Guru

Andrew Marcinek will be the first staff member at the agency ever to serve in the role. He will work out of the office of educational technology under its director, Richard Culatta.

September 10, 2015

Ed. Dept. Approves 16 State Teacher-Equity Plans, But Questions Remain

Right now, there seems to be no clear enforcement mechanism for making sure that the proposals are actually put into practice.

August 27, 2015

White House Seeks HQT Extension for Teachers in Training

The Obama administration wants the so-called loophole in the federal HQT rules to be extended to ensure that alternative certification programs continue to supply teachers.

August 21, 2015

Department of Education Won't Punish N.Y. for High Opt-Outs, Report Says

Federal law requires each school to test at least 95 percent of its students or else the district or state could face sanctions.

August 12, 2015

Education Department Awards Grants to Defray Costs of AP Tests

The grants are expected to cover all but $12 of the cost of each AP test taken by qualifying students.

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