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Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama is calling for an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program, a step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see as schools' badly out-of-date technological capabilities. The administration intends to ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Presidents, Educational Policy, Public Policy
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
Teachers at Orlando Day Nursery in Florida have always evaluated how well their 4-year-old prekindergartners--most of them poor and African-American--could recognize letters, isolate sounds in words, understand stories read to them, and show other hallmarks of early literacy. Just as important, though, have been the teachers' formal observations…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy, State Government, Standardized Tests
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
Ask Antonio White what he thinks of Race to the Top--President Barack Obama's signature K-12 initiative--and the Florida teacher will tell you the competitive-grant program is a "difficult pill to swallow." Merit pay for teachers based partly on student test scores is "a joke," he says. He's also not a fan of expanding charter…
Descriptors: Presidents, Elementary Secondary Education, Elections, Political Attitudes
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
At a time when U.S. political and business leaders are raising concerns about the need to better nurture creativity and innovative thinking among young people, several states are exploring the development of an index that would gauge the extent to which schools provide opportunities to foster those qualities. In Massachusetts, a new state…
Descriptors: Creativity, Measures (Individuals), Public Schools, Testing
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, 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
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
As the number of English learners continues to grow faster than that of any other group in the nation's public schools, concerns are mounting that the distinctive needs of those students and the educators who work with them are receiving diminishing attention from the U.S. Department of Education. Even as the federal government spends roughly $750…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners, School Demography
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
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
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
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2011
The elimination of most federal aid for literacy programs at the U.S. Department of Education is raising new questions about the future of the federal commitment to promoting literacy, a role that has had a bumpy ride in recent years. Even though some of the more than $350 million in cuts to those programs this month could be reversed, as Congress…
Descriptors: Retrenchment, Federal Aid, Budgeting, Program Budgeting
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)
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on some $800 million in money set aside for Supplemental Education Services which is being freed up under the Obama administration's NCLB waiver plan. The U.S. Department of Education's plan to grant states broad flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act will free up as much as $800 million in money school districts now…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Politics of Education, Accountability
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