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Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
Few would quarrel with the goal of increasing parents' and families' engagement in education in the name of school improvement. But there is far less consensus on what that engagement should look like--and on how educators and policymakers should be promoting it. Those questions are evident in the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Parent School Relationship, Educational Legislation
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
The federal program providing billions of dollars to help states and districts close or remake some of their worst-performing schools remains a work in progress after two years, with more than 1,200 turnaround efforts under way but still no definitive verdict on its effectiveness. The School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, supercharged by a…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Educational Change, School Turnaround, Grants
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
After more than a year of heated campaigning, President Barack Obama remains in the White House, Democrats continue to control the U.S. Senate, and Republicans are still in charge of the House of Representatives--leaving unchanged a political landscape that has paralyzed congressional action on education policy and led the president to flex his…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Politics of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on a measure to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which faces steep political hurdles. Leaders of the Senate education committee still aim to push a bipartisan revision of the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Act through Congress by year's end, in time to stave off the Obama administration's move to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Politics of Education, Accountability
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
States seeking waivers under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act are hoping to replace what is widely considered an outdated, but consistent, school accountability regime with a hodgepodge of complex school grading systems that are as diverse as the states themselves. That's the picture that emerged from an "Education Week" analysis of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on a long-stalled, bipartisan rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act approved by the Senate education committee which faces steep political hurdles, including opposition from civil rights and business leaders who see it as a step back on student and school accountability and from Republican lawmakers who say it does not pull…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Achievement Gap
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
With Secretary Arne Duncan at the helm, the U.S. Department of Education is gradually--and sometimes quietly--chipping away at key parts of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act as states and districts demand more relief from the elusive goal that all students be what the law terms "proficient" in reading and math by 2014. The pressure on…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Public Officials
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2011
Pressure from the U.S. Department of Education has led some states to curb a testing exemption that applies only to the 1 percent of students with the most severe disabilities, but districts that have long used that flexibility to win some breathing room in their accountability systems are bristling. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Educational Indicators
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
Four months after President Barack Obama made education a centerpiece of his State of the Union address, lawmakers charged with reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are beginning to sketch out their own visions for aspects of the law's renewal. The prospects that Congress will meet the president's goal--a comprehensive,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Standard Setting
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
Civil rights, business, and education advocates are warning that Congress and the Obama administration may be willing to defang a key portion of the No Child Left Behind Act in their quest to make the law more flexible, shortchanging racial minorities and other historically overlooked student subgroups in the process. Their concern comes amid…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Politics of Education
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2011
Renewal proposals for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the current version of which is the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, are still being discussed by congressional lawmakers and staff. Capitol Hill aides and U.S. Department of Education officials have suggested that a current federal regulation governing alternate testing for…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Alternative Assessment, Federal Regulation
McNeil, Michele; Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
The Obama administration will waive cornerstone requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, including the 2014 deadline for all students to be proficient in math and reading/language arts, and will give states the freedom to set their own student-achievement goals and design their own interventions for failing schools. In exchange for that…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Politics of Education
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
President Barack Obama is putting new money to save educators' jobs and help states refurbish aging school facilities at the center of a nearly $450 billion plan to jump-start the sluggish economy. The author talks about the president's plan which is sure to face hurdles in a politically polarized Washington where one house of Congress is…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Finance, Educational Facilities Improvement, Teacher Employment
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
A prominent and sustained White House push for renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is viewed as crucial to prospects for the 9-year-old law's reauthorization by a now-divided Congress. The law's current version, the No Child Left Behind Act, was President George W. Bush's signature domestic achievement when it was passed…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
Education leaders in Congress are signaling that they're prepared to collaborate with the White House on a long-stalled reauthorization of the main federal law for K-12 education, after President Barack Obama sought to move education back to the top of the national agenda in his State of the Union address last week. Precollegiate policy is widely…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Politics of Education
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