Senate Education Committee Gives Bipartisan Approval to Child Care Legislation

Who says Congress can’t be bipartisan? The Senate education committee today gave swift, unanimous approval to a bill that would revise the $5.2 billion Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which hasn’t gotten a makeover since 1996.

When the …

Lawmakers Aim to Extend ‘i3′ Program Beyond Obama

Could the Investing in Innovation grant program go away at the end of the Obama administration? Not if U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, have anything to say about it.

Begich has already introduced a bill

House Education Panel Ready to Tackle Career Education

Next up on Congress’ seemingly endless edu-to-do list: reauthorization of Career and Technical Education programs. The House subcommittee that deals with K-12 education is holding its first hearing on the bill Friday.

CTE, which governs roughly $1.13 billion in Career …

State news roundup for September 14, 2013

This week we talk about teaching social justice in NY, how you can get involved in WA‘s class size campaign, voucher schools and accountability in WI and show how Gov. Corbett’s education funding cuts are hurting the poorest schools in…

Not Falling Behind, But Pulling Apart: Race to the Top Reflects Broader U.S. Education Problems

By Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, and Noelle Ellerson, Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Since the 1983 release of A Nation at Risk, policymakers have asserted that US …

Report: Race to the Top isn’t delivering big results

The Obama administration’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top, can’t deliver much educational improvement in America’s public schools because there is a huge mismatch in its mandates and what is actually possible to accomplish with the provided funding and…

AM News: Duncan Tours While California Delays

Arne Duncan sells benefits of Common Core standards, technology to Arizona students Washington Post: Simone Ufondu, 11, stepped onto Bus 2001 Wednesday morning and slid into a seat next to a tall stranger. Simone, a sixth-grader at Dodge Middle School, …

Let’s Reverse the Damage From Race to the Top, EPI Report Says

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute finds big flaws in the Race to the Top program and questions how much the $4 billion spent to spur education improvements in the states will actually narrow achievement gaps and improve …

Will Congress Get Rid of Sequestration? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Here we go again: Brokedown Congress is gearing up for its umpteenth game of fiscal chicken, as lawmakers have to craft not one, but likely three separate budget agreements over the next several months to keep the federal government from …

Update: Diverse NOLA Charter Opens, Duncan Nixes ELL Preference

Remember that school in the works a couple of years ago in New Orleans, where the goal was to take some of the best elements of private progressive and structured charter schools and make a diverse environment?  

Its founder, …