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All-clear on ESSA
August 31, 2017
Tennessee and feds strike a balance in how to track historically underserved students
The change enables the state to intervene when any racial group of students fall far behind their peers.
Detroit week in review
August 11, 2017
Week in review: A hurry-up-and-wait moment for Detroit’s landmark education lawsuit and more in this week’s school news
If the suit does move forward, it’s likely to take years to have any real effects on local schools.
March 16, 2017
New York education experts call Trump’s proposed budget cuts ‘irresponsible’ and ‘devastating’
President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint, unveiled Thursday, drew instant ire from education experts in New York state.
December 7, 2016
Meet the leader behind one Memphis school’s Blue Ribbon success
Principal Yolanda Heidelberg turned a high-poverty school with a lot of English language learners into one of the district's fastest-improving schools.
November 10, 2016
Tennessee joins campaign to #GoOpen with educational resources
Tennessee joins 18 other states recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to offering free online educational resources in schools.
October 11, 2016
How Tennessee might drastically change testing, and other potential changes to the state’s schools
State officials share their takeaways from nearly six months of discussions on how Tennessee should adapt to the sweeping new federal education law.
September 28, 2016
U.S. Education Secretary John King awards 10 New York City schools Blue Ribbon status
Nine New York City public schools earned a Blue Ribbon designation this year, an honor given to just 329 schools nationwide.
money to grow
September 28, 2016
Denver’s DSST charter network, in the midst of major expansion, lands $4 million grant
The money will go toward expanding the growing network.
September 14, 2016
U.S. education chief highlights tools to reduce barriers to college during Memphis visit
John King talks up college opportunity and resources to get there during his first visit to Memphis as U.S. education secretary.
September 14, 2016
Six questions for the U.S. Department of Education’s ed tech chief
"We talk about technology as a tool for innovation which it is, but it’s a powerful tool for equity."
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
hold on wait a minute
August 5, 2016
Colorado to U.S. Department of Education: Your proposed rules will stifle us
In a strongly worded letter, interim Education Commissioner Katy Anthes told the federal government they should restart the regulation process from scratch.
July 20, 2016
Shelby County Schools subject of federal civil rights probe over migrant students
Shelby County Schools is being investigated for discrimination of migrant students, the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed.
The Colorado Way
November 20, 2015
Colorado schools spared tough sanctions from high testing opt-out rates under new federal waiver
The OK from Washington comes a little more than a week after the State Board of Education begrudgingly signed off on the state's application.
October 26, 2015
Colorado ahead of the game on Obama’s suggested test reforms
Presidents Obama’s call for less standardized testing spurred lots of national chatter, but many of his specific proposals involve steps that Colorado already has taken.
October 7, 2015
New study will examine role of teacher evaluation in student improvement
An upcoming study from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education is funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
October 2, 2015
Arne Duncan resigns as education secretary, former New York schools chief to take over
Duncan, Obama's only education secretary over his two terms, will head home to Chicago. He has recently had a lot to say about Indiana.
change at the top
October 2, 2015
Meet the former N.Y. education chief who will take over for Arne Duncan as education secretary
Former New York State Education Commissioner John King will take over the federal education department in President Barack Obama’s final year in office, the…
October 1, 2015
Shelby County educator on being a U.S. Teaching Ambassador Fellow
In a Chalkbeat interview, Josalyn Tresvant McGhee shares what drew her to K-12 education and what she plans to do with her newest opportunity to represent teachers.
September 10, 2015
Education Pioneers’ Maya Bugg named Tennessee Charter School Center’s CEO
The new leader will support Tennessee's growing charter sector through advocacy and advice, bringing in new high-quality charter schools, and helping charter schools work together.
August 10, 2015
State inches closer to federal approval of new testing system
Colorado’s plan to ease testing burdens for 10th graders may well get federal approval, but the state has to jump through some hoops before the change is a done deal.
August 3, 2015
With its jackpot $28.5 million grant, Warren Township pushes career programs, online learning and teacher training
Warren Township was one of just 16 districts nationwide to win big dollars to improve its facilities, boost teaching and reinvent student learning.
July 23, 2015
Waiver lets state focus more on school improvement than on punishment
The U.S. Department of Education announces that Tennessee will continue to receive flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
May 7, 2015
A-to-F changes pass after more state board drama
The state board approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F accountability model that would use gains on tests as well as passing rates. The changes would result in fewer A's.
April 27, 2015
Legislature poised to shift more power from Glenda Ritz to state board
A bill could cost Superintendent Glenda Ritz her primary role overseeing school A-to-F grades along with the guarantee that she lead the Indiana State Board of Education.
April 15, 2015
No clarity yet on competing visions for Indiana state testing
The Indiana House and Senate passed two bills with competing visions for Indiana's future state tests with just a week left to find common ground before the session ends.
April 6, 2015
Could the battle over ISTEP put Indiana's NCLB waiver in jeopardy?
A showdown is brewing this week over the future of ISTEP, but expect a new question to be raised: could changes to state tests could…
February 11, 2015
Pence says he and Ritz will cooperate to shorten ISTEP
Shifting away from Monday’s sharp criticism of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, Gov. Mike Pence today said the two would work with legislative leaders to…
February 2, 2015
These 9 education changes could move ahead in the legislature — but 6 others probably won't
There's no question a huge battle will take place over the role of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on the Indiana State Board of Education. But of the 122 education-focused bills the Indiana General Assembly is expected to consider, just a fraction will make it through to Gov. Mike Pence's desk in April to become law.
January 8, 2015
Federal guidelines updated for teaching English language learners
Districts and states must identify English language learners in a timely and reliable manner and ensure that they receive the same quality education as students speaking English as a first language.
January 8, 2015
Feds: Schools must serve English language learners better
A new set of guidelines, released Wednesday by the federal Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, sets out to clarify districts’ and states’ obligations to English learners.
October 22, 2014
Feds extend preschool grant deadline to Friday (updated)
The U.S. Departments of Education have again extended the deadline for states to apply for the preschool development grants. The applications are now…
October 21, 2014
Preschool advocates hoping for change of heart in Pence as grant deadline extended (updated)
The state already has its application completed and was prepared to submit it last week by the original deadline. But in a last-minute move, Pence decided not to apply because he feared "federal intrusion" in preschool. The move shocked preschool supporters, but was cheered by anti-Common Core and tea party groups in the state.
October 16, 2014
Preschool advocates stunned Pence dropped bid for $80 million grant
Indiana's early childhood education advocates say they are "shocked" by Gov. Mike Pence's decision not to follow through on submitting a federal grant application that could have resulted in the state receiving $80 million to support preschool expansion efforts to benefit close to 2,000 low-income children.
Rated "G" for Green
September 16, 2014
At Denver Green School project-based learning leads to better test scores, sustainability
Teachers and students who have embraced the school's project-based model of "education for sustainability," are seeing better results on the state's standardized tests, which are tied to both school accountability and teacher effectiveness policies, school leaders said.
September 4, 2014
Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy
Both of Tennessee's largest school districts, in Nashville and Memphis, are pushing not only to expand pre-K, but to make it more effective by increasing standards in Memphis and creating model centers in Nashville.
September 4, 2014
Rise & Shine: Hopson calls teachers back together for more evaluation talks
August 28, 2014
Indiana dodges NCLB waiver bullet, for now
Indiana today got a one year reprieve from possible penalties from the U.S. Department of Education. Those penalties, including the loss of control over more than $200 million in federal aid that goes to local schools, won’t happen before June 30 of next year.
August 5, 2014
Some townships show ISTEP gains despite challenges of growing poverty
In a few Marion County school districts — especially Pike and Wayne townships — the percentage of students passing ISTEP is growing quickly, even as the families the schools serve have grown considerably poorer.
July 30, 2014
School discipline, race data prompt Ballard's study plan
Mayor Greg Ballard’s office is commissioning a study in response to data released in March from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice showing that American schools disproportionately discipline black students when compared to other racial and ethnic counterparts.
July 10, 2014
Ritz, state board battle over board rules, NCLB waiver
Relations between Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Indiana State Board of Education members today reached a new low as board members voted on a series of resolutions that Ritz and her supporters say are no more than politically motivated power grabs from Ritz.
July 8, 2014
Ritz blames Pence, CECI for "undermining" her leadership
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz today ripped Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education and Career Innovation, saying it is “determined to undermine our work” at the Indiana Department of Education, and charged that the State Board of Education’s proposed actions Wednesday could threaten Indiana’s standing with federal education officials.
July 7, 2014
Proposal to rewrite rules for Ritz, state board draws objections
A proposal to again change the rules for how the Indiana State Board of Education conducts its meetings has brought renewed charges from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s supporters that it is a thinly veiled effort to limit her power.
June 24, 2014
National shift in special ed accountability could impact Colorado
Federal officials have announced a major shift in how states will be held accountable for serving students in special education — and Colorado could…
June 18, 2014
Top Republican, Democrat take opposite views of NCLB waiver concerns
In less than two weeks, Indiana could potentially lose its federal No Child Left Behind law waiver unless state leaders can convince the U.S. Department…
June 4, 2014
Indiana's dilemma: Should state test scores count next year?
Indiana could propose letting teachers and schools off the hook from sanctions for poor test scores next year as part of its effort to meet demands from the U.S Department of Education. But state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the Indiana State Board of Education today faced a series of tough questions they’ve only begun to try to answer about what that could mean for the state’s school accountability system.
June 3, 2014
Questions remain as Indiana's NCLB deadline nears
Indiana now has less than a month to satisfy U.S. Department of Education concerns that have put it in jeopardy of facing federal sanctions,…
May 13, 2014
Ritz, state board at odds over what went wrong on NCLB
State Board of Education members sparred with state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and her staff today over why Indiana is in hot water with federal education officials. In a tense meeting reminiscent of last fall’s battles between Ritz and the rest of the board over who controlled state education policy, board members peppered the superintendent and her team with questions and challenged the veracity of their answers.
May 7, 2014
State board sets special meeting on NCLB waiver concerns
The Indiana State Board of Education will hold a special meeting on on Tuesday for board members to ask questions of state Superintendent Glenda…
May 2, 2014
New tensions begin to emerge over state's NCLB response
Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz put aside their 2013 squabbles to form an alliance for the fight over new state academic standards last month, but dividing lines between them may re-emerge as the state scrambles to respond to a warning from the federal government.
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