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June 09, 2015

Oregon Opt-Out Bill Could Lead to Loss of Federal Dollars, Ed. Dept. Warns

The state's House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that would inform parents twice a year of their right to exempt children from standardized tests.

June 04, 2015

The Next i3 "Scale-Up" and "Validation" Competitions Start Now

Applicants for both grants can focus on teacher quality, implementing high standards, and high school redesign.

May 05, 2015

Turning Around Schools Isn't Easy, Even With Federal Money, Report Finds

District and state officials who participated in Race to the Top and the School Improvement Grants said they had a turnaround knowledge gap.

April 30, 2015

Deborah S. Delisle to Leave Education Department to Take Helm of ASCD

Delisle, who was confirmed in 2012 as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, played a key role in bringing a state chief's voice to the U.S. Department of Education.

April 29, 2015

Education Dept. Program Targets Native American Schools

The U.S. Department of Education will award five to seven demonstration grants ranging from $400,000 to $600,000 to tribal communities.

April 13, 2015

Evaluating Race to the Top As It Nears the Finish Line

Districts expect that financial considerations will be the biggest hurdle in sustaining Race to the Top reforms.

April 08, 2015

Are States Opting for Turnaround Partners With a Track Record of Success?

So far, states haven't shown a ton of interest in trying out a new School Improvement Grant model that relies heavily on evidence.

March 30, 2015

Hawaii's Deputy Superintendent Headed to U.S. Department of Education

Say "Aloha" to the U.S. Department of Education's new deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ronn Nozoe, who is currently Hawaii's deputy superintendent.

March 30, 2015

Investing in Innovation 'Development' Grant Competition Kicks Off

Development grants are the smallest of the Education Department's three i3 categories and are aimed at promising ideas, as opposed to programs with a lot of backup research.

March 16, 2015

Graduation Gap Between White, Minority Students is Narrowing, But Persistent

Graduation rates for black students in the 2012-13 school year was 70.7 percent and for Hispanic students was 75.2 percent, but white and Asian/Pacific Islander students still out-performed both other groups.

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