federal policy

Teacher Evaluations Get Reconstructed

New evaluation tool emphasizes teacher self-assessment, PD and student data.

Supper is Now on the Menu at Some Calif. Schools

You’ve heard about free school lunches and breakfasts, but how about school suppers? In California, dinners are now being served to students at almost 200 schools.

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Opinion: Ron Paul’s War on Education

Ron Paul will be in Minnesota on Feb. 7 to caucus. The presidential hopeful says he wants to return liberty to the citizens of the U.S. He wants to end entitlements and cut $1 trillion from federal spending. However, the 12-term Texas congressman’s exuberance for cutting all entitlements and $1 trillion from the federal budget will have disastrous effects on many areas of government and society, none more than the U.S. Department of Education.

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Loss of FLAP Funding Halts Foreign Language Assessments

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) learned in late December that Congress had cut FLAP grant's final year of funding.
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Education and the State of Our Union

Obama is right to say that the minimum requirements set by No Child Left Behind, in the ten years the law has been in effect, have done little to shrink the achievement gap, and to consider an alternative. But it’s too early to know if Race to the Top is the right one.

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Jerry Brown Defends High Speed Rail, Wants Education Reform

Gov. Jerry Brown laid out his vision of California as a state on the financial mend as well as a "land of dreams" that can become the epicenter of renewable energy development while supporting the building of major projects, such as high-speed rail.

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U.S. Department of Education Praises Delaware's Race to the Top Work

The U.S. Department of Education released a state-specific report profiling Delaware's first-year progress on comprehensive education reform under Race to the Top. Reports on 11 other states also were released.

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CEP Study Says Skepticism Still Surrounds SIGs

There is some skepticism regarding the effectiveness of School Improvement Grants (SIGs) on the part of those districts that are not eligible to receive them, according to a new study.
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Maryland Wins Federal Early Childhood Education Grant

Maryland has won as much as $50 million to build up its early childhood education programs, one of just nine states splitting $500 million from the federal government.

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Competitive vs. Formula Grants Battle it out for 2012 Ed Spending

With the U.S. Department of Education receiving a minimal increase in allotted spending, the House and Senate have begun debates as to how the money will be spent.