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February 13, 2012

Obama to Highlight Education in Budget Rollout

Obama is asking for $5 billion for a new competitive grant fund aimed at teacher quality, and an $850 million extension of his Race to the Top franchise. But major formula programs, such as Title I, would see flat funding, advocates say.

February 08, 2012

Budget Cheat Sheet: What to Watch

President Obama is expected to make some big asks on higher-education, including a Race to the Top for colleges, in his budget proposal, due out Monday.

February 07, 2012

What do Science, Football, Marshmallows, and Obama Have In Common?

President Obama hosts the 2nd White House science fair, and unveils some new STEM initiatives.

February 06, 2012

Congressmen Worry About Draft Pension Rules' Effect on Charters

Congressmen John Kline and Duncan Hunter ask the IRS to craft proposed pension rules in a way that does not prevent charter school employees from taking part in state retirement plans.

December 15, 2011

Budget Bill: Tiny Increase for Title I, Obama Ed. Programs Survive

Big priorities for President Barack Obama, including the administration's signature Race to the Top initiative, the Investing in Innovation grant program, and the School Improvement Grants, would continue.

December 12, 2011

Race to the Top Likely to Stick Around

Race to the Top will continue in fiscal year 2012, and for the first time it will include a district-level competition, sources say.

November 10, 2011

Grantees Picked in Round Two of Investing in Innovation Contest

The Education Department has selected 23 finalists in line for a slice of $150 million in federal innovation dollars, but each must secure a private match to receive the award.

October 05, 2011

Proposed Rules About School Meals Remain a Hot Potato

If some folks had their way, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rules about school meals, in particular the part about potatoes, might be better off without a section limiting starchy veggies.

October 05, 2011

District Advocates Favor House Education-Spending Bill

Some district officials would rather see increases for Title I grants for disadvantaged kids and special education than new money for the Obama reform priorities, including Race to the Top.

September 19, 2011

Who in Education is Donating to the Supercommittee?

The nation's two largest teachers unions are among the top 100 donors to the 12 members of Congress who make up the powerful deficit-reduction panel, a campaign-contribution website says.

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