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Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2014
For all the national and even international debate about the state of American education, public schooling in the U.S. is still a local matter--and the school district remains its hub. As administrators know, there's nothing abstract about the process of getting millions of students into their seats, assuring they receive the instruction they're…
Descriptors: Public Education, School Districts, Governance, Urban Schools
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2013
Well before President Barack Obama vaulted early childhood learning to the top of the education agenda in his recent State of the Union address, states were taking steps to bolster their own preschool programs. More than a dozen states--including some, such as Hawaii and Mississippi, that have had no state-financed preschool programs in the…
Descriptors: Incentive Grants, Program Proposals, Federal Programs, Federal Aid
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy--from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. Students and teachers, in passive resistance, are refusing to take and give standardized tests. Protesters have marched to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, State Standards, Academic Standards
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step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see as schools' badly out-of-date technological capabilities.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
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
During the recently concluded presidential nominating conventions, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney offered stark choices on K-12 policy while downplaying areas of agreement between their two parties--and the tensions within each party on education issues. In Charlotte, North Carolina, last week, the Democrats put a…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Finance, Charter Schools, School Choice
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
The 12 winners of the federal Race to the Top competition have experienced near-universal challenges in turning their sweeping, multifaceted proposals into reality, among them a limited state capacity to execute fast, dramatic change and deeply rooted teacher-evaluation systems that have proved hard to transform. Reports unveiled by the U.S.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Audits (Verification), Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2012
An Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization has crafted a sweeping plan for reworking the 33,000-student Indianapolis school system that would place the district under the control of the city's mayor, pare down the money spent in central administration, and give principals broad authority to hire and fire teachers. The reform plan created by the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Educational Administration, Educational Innovation
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
A new generation of education advocacy groups has emerged to play a formidable political role in states and communities across the country. Those groups are shaping policy through aggressive lobbying and campaign activity--an evolution in advocacy that is primed to continue in the 2012 elections and beyond. Though the record of their electoral…
Descriptors: Advocacy, National Organizations, Politics of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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
Education Week, 2012
Nearly every state has signed on to use the Common Core State Standards as a framework for teaching English/language arts and mathematics to students. Translating them for the classroom, however, requires schools, teachers, and students to change the way they approach teaching and learning. This report examines the progress some states have made…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, English Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
One of the most vexing questions about charter schools--when low-performing ones should be shut down--is receiving new attention, amid concerns that lax and inconsistent standards for closing them will undermine the public's confidence in the sector. Over the past few years, a growing number of researchers, policymakers, and charter school backers…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Low Achievement, School Closing, Academic Standards
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
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
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
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