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June 15, 2012

Senate Appropriations Committee Adds School Improvement Option

A bill approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee would add a "whole school reform" model to the four controversial school turnaround choices now spelled out in the federal School Improvement Grant program.

June 12, 2012

Senate Panel OKs Slight Funding Hike for Education Department

Two key K-12 formula programs—Title I grants for districts and state grants for special education—would see slight boosts in a bill approved on a party line vote Tuesday by the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending.

April 27, 2012

Return of the Friday Reading List: Obama, Romney, and Algebra

Welcome back to the Friday reading list. If you haven't already, check out these good reads.

April 11, 2012

GAO Criticizes Ed. Dept. On School Improvement Grant Program

ED needs to do a better job of making sure that the performance of contractors hired through the School Improvement Grant program is reviewed, and of making sure states have the information they need to make grant renewal decisions.

April 06, 2012

What Would Big, Giant Proposed Cuts Mean for Your K-12 Program?

If Congress doesn't stop the big, giant across the board cuts to set to hit (almost) every education under the sun next January, what would that mean for you?

March 27, 2012

What's Up in Congress? Not Much Real Action, State Chiefs Hear

Chief state school officers came up to Washington this week to hear lawmakers explain why one of their top federal priorities, an honest to goodness reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, won't get done this year.

March 19, 2012

Early SIG Data Looks Promising, Duncan Says

The department has begun crunching data for about 700 of the roughly 850 schools that entered the program back in the 2010-11 school year.

March 15, 2012

School Districts Wary of Federal Funding Fight

An overwhelming majority of school districts don't think they'll be able to absorb a big, blunt federal funding cut headed their way if Congress can't reach a deal on long-term spending by January 2013, according to a survey released today by the American Association of School Administrators.

March 08, 2012

TFA, National Writing Project, New Teacher Center Snag New Fed Grants

Two programs that lost funding when Congress revised its rules on earmarks, Teach for America and the National Writing Project, will get some federal money after all, under a new $24.6 million competitive program.

February 15, 2012

Duncan Champions New Teacher Quality Fund

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to pump up the administration's proposal for a brand new $5 billion competitive grant program to get states and districts to work with teachers, unions, education schools and others to totally retool the teaching profession.

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