1/15/2013 - U.S. Department of Education
Today the U.S. Department of Education announced all 20 of the highest-rated applicants in the 2012 Investing in Innovation (i3) competition have secured their required private-sector matching funds and have become official i3 grantees. Together, they will share more than $140 million in federal funds to expand innovative practices designed to accelerate achievement and help prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers.
12/11/2012 - ED.gov
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 16 applicants—representing 55 school districts across 11 states and D.C.—have won the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. These districts will share nearly $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
11/8/2012 - Education Week
In President Obama's second term, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will oversee implementing NCLB waivers, among other big-ticket programs.
10/19/2012 - THE Journal
Congress has created a new caucus for the purpose of keeping policymakers up to date on the importance of 21st century skills education as students prepare for college and their future careers.
9/24/2012 - Politico.com
The tech industry has a message for Republicans and Democrats bickering over competing immigration bills: See the bigger picture. Tech companies, desperate for more high-skilled talent, aren’t particularly concerned with how Congress delivers more green cards for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced degrees. They just want them.
9/20/2012 - The New York Times (requires free registration)
The largely partisan measure would allocate up to 55,000 visas of the current annual pool to graduates with advanced degrees in science and technology.
9/3/2012 - THE Journal
Nearly 900 districts are looking to apply for the first-ever federal Race to the Top District program, according to the United States Department of Education. The program will award $400 million to individual districts and consortia for programs related to school reform, specifically in the areas of teaching and learning.
7/18/2012 - Huff Post: Education
The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students' achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math.
7/6/2012 - The New York Times (requires free registration)
In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from central provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified.
6/15/2012 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
A two-year Congressionally mandated assessment of financial threats to the nation's research universities ended on Thursday with the offer of a grand bargain: Cut costs and form more partnerships with communities and industry, and expect increased revenues and fewer regulations.
5/22/2012 - The New York Times (requires free registration)
School districts will be able to submit proposals for innovative educational programs this year to compete for federal grants of up to $25 million under a new national contest, part of the three-year-old Race to the Top program. Rules for the competition were to be announced Tuesday by the Department of Education.
4/17/2012 - Education Week
Almost two years into the federal Race to the Top program, states are spending their shares of the $4 billion prize at a snail's pace—a reflection of the challenges the 12 winners face as they try to get ambitious education improvement plans off the ground.
2/27/2012 - THE Journal
The United States Department of Education is asking students to contribute ideas for a unique education startup as part of its National Education Startup Challenge going on right now.
2/9/2012 - Education Week
Ten of 11 states that applied for waivers from the No Chilld Left Behind Act have received that flexibility from federal officials, while one of them, New Mexico, has not yet been granted it, the U.S. Department of Education said today. The states awarded waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
1/10/2012 - Education Week
In its first official assessment of $4 billion in Race to the Top grants, the U.S. Department of Education today commended the 12 winners for working hard to implement the first year of their reform plans—but raised specific red flags about the pace of change in Hawaii, New York, and Florida.
11/17/2011 - Education Week
STEM education is getting a boost from the U.S. Department of Education in the latest round of the federal Race to the Top program.
11/14/2011 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced 23 finalists in line to win a grant under the "Investing in Innovation" contest, and STEM education is well-represented in the mix.
11/4/2011 - Education Week
$737 million. That's the total value of 163 STEM-related proposals seeking a slice of federal aid under the "i3" Investing in Innovation program.
10/28/2011 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund’s model of awarding bigger grants in return for greater evidence of program effectiveness may become the new norm for federal education and social programs, if a wide-scale interagency initiative proves successful.
10/18/2011 - Education Week
The most recent draft of a Senate ESEA proposal would ditch a requirement for states and districts to revamp teacher evaluations, making it an optional activity for most and requiring it only for districts that win Teacher Incentive Fund grants.
10/14/2011 - U.S. News &World Report
After months of prodding from President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, it looks like Congress is finally getting around to reworking the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more popularly known as No Child Left Behind, the much-maligned law that has governed K-12 education since it went into effect in early 2002.
10/3/2011 - Education Week
The $175 million Mathematics and Science Partnerships program at the U.S. Department of Education is among the casualties in a draft budget bill released recently by the House Appropriations Committee.
9/22/2011 - The Washington Post (requires free registration)
President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are scheduled Friday to detail plans to waive some of the law’s toughest requirements, including the goal that every student be proficient in math and reading by 2014 or else their schools could face escalating sanctions.
9/20/2011 - Education Week
Analysts and educators take a hard look at President Obama's plan to spend $60 billion to secure education jobs and infrastructure.
9/14/2011 - The New York Times (requires free registration)
In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House approved a bill on Tuesday supporting the expansion of charter schools, the first part of a legislative package planned by Republicans to carry out a piecemeal rewrite of the main federal law on public education, No Child Left Behind.