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June 18, 2014

Five Items on Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List

From state assessments and school turnarounds to teacher equity, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and company won't get much time to kick back and work on their tans.

June 16, 2014

Reading List: Vergara Verdict Fallout, Ed Tech Marketplace, and More On Gates

The big news last week was the Vergara verdict and its implications for teacher policy.

June 04, 2014

Ed. Dept. May Lack Tools to Evaluate Promise Neighborhoods, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Education may lack tools to evaluate an Obama administration competitive-grant program aimed at distressed communities, the investigative arm of Congress finds.

June 03, 2014

Ed. Dept. Announces New GEAR UP Competition That Will Favor Promise Zones

The U.S. Department of Education is launching a new, $75 million round of funding for GEAR UP, a competition aimed at increasing access to higher education for low-income students.

May 14, 2014

Education Department: Civil Rights Laws Apply Equally to Charters

The "Dear Colleague" letter included specific guidance related to admissions, students with disabilities, English-language learners, and discipline.

May 13, 2014

What Happened to the Education Department's Teacher-Equity Strategy?

Now that the department has reversed course on a key aspect of waiver implementation dealing with teacher quality, some are wondering whether state and the feds have the bandwidth to tackle this difficult policy area.

May 07, 2014

How Should NCLB Waiver States Keep an Eye On District Teacher-Evaluation Plans?

The stakes in keeping close watch on districts could be high for states—so far the department has put states on "high risk" status (meaning that they are in danger of losing a waiver) for problems relating to teacher evaluation.

May 06, 2014

Education Department Sketches Out New Early Learning Competition

The administration would award $250 million in new early learning money, in two kinds of grants: one to states that already have robust early learning programs, and another to those just getting started.

May 01, 2014

Obama Taps Former OMB Aide for Key K-12 Policy Post

Robert Gordon was credited by some with working to ensure that the unprecedented education aid included in the 2009 stimulus would be accompanied by a new commitment to education redesign.

April 22, 2014

Latest Investing in Innovation Contest to Start in Full Force This Week

Applications will be available Friday for schools and nonprofits that want a shot at the largest awards available from this year's $135 million i3 contest.

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