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McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
If Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wins the November election, his ascension could endanger--or dismantle--key Obama administration education initiatives and lead to a slimmed-down and less activist U.S. Department of Education. Scaled back Education Department and cloudy prospects for Obama initiatives are among the scenarios. But…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Political Candidates, Politics of Education
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Given the flexibility to revise their academic goals under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a vast majority of the states that received federal waivers are setting different expectations for different subgroups of students, an "Education Week" analysis shows. That marks a dramatic shift in policy and philosophy from the original law.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Expectation
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
As the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, Mitt Romney championed aggressive education policies later embraced by the Obama administration and by other states. But for most of his second run at the Republican presidential nomination, voters have heard little about his education record in Massachusetts or initiatives that Mr. Romney was…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Political Candidates, Politics of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
Back in 2008, it wasn't clear just where candidate Barack Obama's heart lay when it came to the big issues facing schools. Although Mr. Obama had been a community organizer, a law professor, and a state legislator, the junior U.S. senator from Illinois didn't have a long record on K-12 issues, and he rarely spoke about them in his presidential…
Descriptors: Presidents, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Before awarding waivers from core tenets of the No Child Left Behind Act to 11 states, the U.S. Department of Education ordered changes to address a significant weakness in most states' proposals: how they would hold schools accountable for groups of students deemed academically at risk, particularly those in special education or learning English.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Accountability
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
As states seek waivers under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, one effect may be to chip away at the dominance reading and math have had when it comes to school accountability. Many state waiver applications include plans to factor test scores in one or more additional subjects into their revised accountability systems. Seven of the 11 states…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Grading, Accountability, Achievement Rating
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
From the White House to Capitol Hill, the winners in this week's elections won't have much time to savor their victories. Even as federal policymakers sort out the political landscape, the remainder of 2012 and the early months of 2013 are likely to be dominated by divisive, unresolved issues with broad consequences for K-12 and higher…
Descriptors: Elections, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education
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 that want newly offered relief from certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act are scrambling to satisfy an easily overlooked requirement that they "meaningfully" engage with teachers, unions, parents, and community organizations, and even modify their waiver proposals based on that input. Federal education officials warn…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Cooperation, Educational Change
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Where their teacher-quality proposals are concerned, the fates of the 11 states that have bid for waivers of core principles of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act appear to depend largely on how the peer reviewers--and, ultimately, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--interpret their applications. The U.S. Department of Education's criteria…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Politics of Education
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
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
As the clock ticks toward President Barack Obama's back-to-school deadline for rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is preparing to grant states relief from key provisions of the federal school accountability law in exchange for what he calls "commitments to key reforms." The move comes as…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Accountability, Educational Policy, Politics of Education
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
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
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
Although U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ultimately decides which states get relief from key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, a group of outside judges will wield tremendous influence in deciding states' fates. With states facing compliance deadlines under the law and Congress moving slowly on reauthorizing the Elementary and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Compliance (Legal)
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