Questions are Raised About NCLB Proposed Waivers and Education Reform

 

In a June 20, 2011 online article Education Week reported that many states are cautiously waiting for more details about U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan’s proposal to waive key portions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) if Congress fails to rewrite the Act by the beginning of the upcoming school year. [More]

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While the NCLB Rewrite Lags in Congress, ED Proposes to Waive Key Provisions

 

In March 2011 President Barack Obama gave Congress an August 2011 deadline to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Congress has made very little progress since then; and states and education leaders have placed increasing pressure on the Obama Administration to take action to relieve some of the constraints and penalties that NCLB imposes on states and school districts. [More]

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ED Launces i3 Round Two Competition

 

In a June 3, 2011 press release the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the launch of a second round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition program. For the first round of the i3 competition, in 2010, $650 million was awarded to 49 applicants out of 1,700. [More]

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A New Report Compares U.S. Education to Higher Performing Countries

 

What would the education policies and practices of the United State be if they were based on the policies and practices of the countries that now lead the world in student performance? [More]

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Race to the Top Initiatives for 2011

 

On May 25, 2011 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued two press releases regarding the $700 million Race to the Top (RTT) appropriation provided by Congress in the FY 2011 budget bill passed on April 14th. One press release announced that $200 million of the RTT allocation will be used to fund a third round of the RTT competition initiated under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The other press release announced that the remaining $500 million will be used to launch a new RTT-Early Learning Challenge.

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ESEA Reauthorization Update

 

An article in the May 18, 2011 edition of Education Week reported that, although some members of Congress are beginning to sketch out visions for aspects of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the prospect for completing the job by President Obama’s September 2011 deadline remains “cloudy.” [More]

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National Attention Remains on Bullying and Harassment

 

The bullying and harassment of students continues to receive national attention. On May 9, 2011 a bill (S.B. 919) was introduced in Congress which would, among other things, authorize the U.S. Education Secretary to award $1 billion in competitive grants to states in FY 2012 to implement “comprehensive programs that address conditions for learning in schools.” [More]

 

Tracking the Academic Progress of Students in Military Families

 

An article in the May 11, 2011 edition of Education Week reported that recent increased attention to military families may require enhancements in the ability to track the academic progress of students in military families who are enrolled in public schools. [More]

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A Memphis High School Wins the President's Commencement Challenge

 

On May 10, 2011 the White House announced the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge for the nation’s high schools. Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee was selected from six finalists selected out of hundreds of applications. [More]

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2011 National Teacher of the Year Highlights STEM Education

 

On May 3, 2011 President Barack Obama presented the 2011 National Teacher of the Year award to Maryland high school chemistry teacher Michelle Shearer. Consistent with U.S. tradition, the award ceremony took place at a reception for teachers in the White House Rose Garden. [More]

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