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January 13, 2015

Sen. Patty Murray Outlines NCLB Reauthorization Priorities

The top Democrat on the Senate education committee said annual tests are "one of the most important tools we have," and would be "very concerned" about any proposal to roll them back.

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan Not Sorry He Pulled Sen. Murray's State's NCLB Waiver

Murray, who is known as an effective dealmaker, has a great incentive to compromise with Republicans: Her home state of Washington is the only ex-waiver state in the country.

January 11, 2015

Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Maintain Federal Role in NCLB Overhaul

Blueprints for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act law have been flooding in from various stakeholders as lawmakers in both chambers begin work on a bill.

January 09, 2015

How We Got Here: A Trip Down NCLB Reauthorization's Memory Lane

A look back at prior attempts to renew the federal law makes one thing clear: We're drifting further and further away from the idea of a strong federal role in K-12 accountability.

January 08, 2015

Congressional Education Leaders Chime in on NCLB Testing Debate

One of the most significant policy debates at the heart of the forthcoming reauthorization will be how or if to change the law's testing requirements.

December 22, 2014

Education Department Grants Florida Waiver on English-Learner Testing

Federal officials granted the state's request to give its English-language learners two years in a U.S. school before counting their test scores in school grades.

December 02, 2014

What Might a Republican No Child Left Behind Act Reauthorization Look Like?

Provisions to expand charter schools and reduce accountability requirements are likely to be part of the package when the GOP tackles renewal of the NCLB law next year.

November 18, 2014

Will Nebraska Apply for a No Child Left Behind Act Waiver?

At least one state that never sought the flexibility from NCLB's mandates is contemplating getting in on the waiver action: Nebraska.

November 17, 2014

What Are Arne Duncan's 'Lines in the Sand' When it Comes to NCLB Renewal?

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would like to see annual state assessments remain at the core of any reauthorization of NCLB, said state chiefs who participated in a Q-and-A in San Diego.

November 10, 2014

Ed. Dept. Directs States to Improve Teacher Distribution

Twenty-seven pages of new guidance released on the issue Monday appear to give states a lot of running room to figure out just what these equity plans should look like.

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