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Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
In nearly 40 years of legislative advocacy, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)--a free-market, limited-government group now drawing intense scrutiny for its support of a controversial self-defense law--has had a significant influence on K-12 education through its model legislation and work with state lawmakers to promote such…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Civil Rights Legislation, Activism
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
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
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
On an Election Day filled with dozens of state races and ballot measures with big implications for the nation's public schools, state teachers' unions and charter school champions had plenty to cheer in the aftermath, even as tax measures that would help pay for schools suffered setbacks in some places. Union efforts were instrumental in…
Descriptors: Elections, Federal Government, State Government, Unions
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
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; McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
While the Obama administration's plan to offer states relief from parts of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act--if they agree to embrace unspecified education redesign priorities--has drawn kudos from some quarters, it isn't sitting well in others. Officials in a number of states have praised the idea as an opportunity for badly needed relief from…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Change, 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
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2010
The momentum in Florida to expand one of that state's voucher programs is a subtle but significant sign that such programs, which have been anathema to many Democrats, are beginning to win bipartisan support in a number of states. State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Florida are already voicing support for new legislation that would…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Tax Credits, School Choice, Credits
Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama and his team started work this week on a transition that includes searching for the people who will bring to life his agenda of expanding preschool, improving the quality of teachers, and fixing the major federal law in K-12 education. Within 24 hours of his election, the Illinois Democrat assigned a team of campaign…
Descriptors: Presidents, Public Officials, Personnel Selection, Educational Policy
Hoff, David J.; Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2008
At the end of a presidential campaign in which education received some attention but never emerged as a top-tier issue, analysts were trying to look beyond the week's election to the K-12 issues awaiting the next president and gauge where they might fit as a new administration prepares to grapple with a global economic crisis. While education…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Political Campaigns, Presidents, Politics of Education
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