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GOP Senate Aides Working on Draft ESEA Bill That Could Ditch Annual Testing

Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 15, 2014 Senate GOP aides, who are hoping to get a bill reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act on the runway early in the new year, are getting started on legislation that looks very similar to a bill Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the incoming chairman of the Senate education […]

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GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities

Lauren Camera, Education Week, November 7, 2014 After easily capturing the number of seats they needed take control of the U.S. Senate—and padding their majority in the House of Representatives—congressional Republicans have laid out an aggressive education policy agenda that includes overhauling the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law and the mammoth Higher Education Act. […]

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Address Bad Ed Policy and School-to-prison Pipeline

Sarah Lahm, Minnesota 2020, January 17, 2014 – Can we tackle the school-to-prison pipeline without also addressing bad education policy? According to a recent news report, the Obama Administration wants the nation’s schools to abandon “…overly zealous discipline policies” that are more likely to send students to court than to the principal’s office. The report notes that […]

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No Child Left Behind education policy hangs on

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 9, 2013 – To education policymakers who are not breathing the politicized air trapped inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, it’s starting to look like President Obama will be out of office before No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is rewritten — if ever. Expressed another way, that would mean the nation could go […]

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Mend, not end, No Child Left Behind

Star Tribune Editorial, July 28, 2013 – There is nearly universal agreement that the controversial No Child Left Behind federal education law should be changed. But while congressional representatives on both sides of the aisle agree on that point, they are worlds apart on what those changes should be. The House version of a replacement bill […]

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GOP K-12 Leader Gets Earful on Policy

U.S. Rep. John Kline, head of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, meets with school board leaders and superintendents at a round-table session in his Minnesota district. The congressman often tests local sentiment on how federal policies are playing outside Washington. —Jenn Ackerman for Education Week Alyson Klein, Education Week, March 5, 2013 – School superintendents, […]

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Rep. Kline hears concerns about school safety, funding

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, February 25, 2013 – Two months after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., school officials have struggled with how to increase security while keeping their schools open and welcoming. That dilemma also is on the minds of members of Congress, among them […]

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Obama Urges Big Preschool Expansion in State of the Union Speech

Alyson Klein, Education Week, February 12, 2013 – President Barack Obama called on Congress in his State of the Union address to significantly expand access to preschool to all 4-year-olds from moderate- and low-income families, and to create a new spin-off of his Race to the Top program aimed at pushing high schools to adopt curricula […]

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Duncan Sketches Out Second-Term Agenda

Michele McNeil, Education Week, November 16, 2012 – Savannah, Ga. – In his first major postelection remarks, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that he will use his second term to continue to leverage education improvement at the state and local levels, with a new emphasis on principal preparation and evaluation. And, he made clear that […]

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Obama Wins Second Term as President

Alyson Klein, Education Week, November 6, 2012 – President Barack Obama—who pushed through an unprecedented windfall of education funding in his first term and spurred states to make widespread changes to K-12 policy through competitive grants—has been re-elected, the Associated Press reported tonight. Although school issues were a major focus of the president’s first four years […]

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