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School District Ran Out Of Money Before Graduation

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

When high school seniors worry about whether they can graduate, it's usually because they're failing a class or two. Not in Buena Vista. The tin...

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Military Teachers Feel 'Let Down' By Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

When BettyLou Cummins became a teacher in Defense Department schools 34 years ago, she knew that her livelihood would depend on the federal government...

Ed Today: Rahm Emanuel's Full-Day Kindergarten Push; Trouble For Renaissance Charter Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
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Chicago Full-Day K? In the midst of much bitter infighting over school closures in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett are announcing an initiative that is perhaps aimed to quell the melee: all CPS schools will have full-day kindergarten, reports the Sun-Times. "The change will make full-day kindergarten available to 30,700 children next fall -- 4,200 more than this school year," the paper reports.

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Obama Signals Shift By Zeroing In On Educational Margins

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed several major education initiatives, including a big push to expand...

Ed Today: 'House Of Cards' Goes Where No Congress Has Gone In Recent Years; SOTU And Early Education

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
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Netflix Reauthorizes No Child Left Behind? Or so quips this EdWeek headline. Real-life Congress hasn't yet reauthorized NCLB (since 2007!), but characters on the Netflix series "House of Cards" do. "[Writer Beau] Willimon noted on Twitter that he hinged the plot on education because it affects us all directly and indirectly, and because of the contention that often revolves around education reform," EdWeek writes. Read the full story for a taste of which education fights the show covers. My take: Obviously TV isn't reality, but there are a few major inaccuracies. The most glaring one in my eyes is that teachers unions can't legally hold a national strike over some federal legislation they dislike!

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State Of The Union Likely To Focus On Littlest Learners

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama made K-12 education a major component of his 2012 State of the Union Address -- so much so that the topic garnered the most tra...

Ed Today: Bobby Jindal Shills For Virginia Education Reform; Warriors Vs. Worriors

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
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McDonnell Gets By With A Little Help From His Friend As Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) continued his push for education reforms in Virginia, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) stopped by for a little nudge in the right direction, reports the Associated Press. "Jindal was in Richmond for U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's fundraiser, so Gov. Bob McDonnell took the opportunity to have his fellow Republican talk about grading schools on an A-to-F scale and allowing the state to take over chronically failing schools," AP writes.

Ed Today: Arne Duncan Defends NCLB Waivers, Texas Testing Reduction

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
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Arne Takes The Stand As we reported yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced both praise and skepticism yesterday as he testified befo...

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Senator Tells Schools Chief: 'We Are In Regulatory Purgatory, Sir'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced an angsty Senate education committee Thursday as he was forced to defend his administration's workaround...

Ed Today: No Child Left Behind Review, Fountainhead In Idaho

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
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Happy Waiver Day! Today, the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the No Child Left Behind waivers, featuring none other than U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the big cheese himself. Catch our preview here.

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Obama Ally Attacks White House Education Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration has been under fire for watering down the No Child Left Behind Act by granting waivers that exempt states from its stringent ...

Ed Today: Bill Gates's Education Philanthropy Over Time; New York City Parents Sue Over School Funding

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
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Gates's Gigantic Growth? Michigan State University Professor Sarah Reckhow takes a look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's funding patterns over on Alexander Russo's blog. "The decade from 2000 to 2010 was a time of enormous growth and evolution for the Gates Foundation," Reckhow writes. "Warren Buffett's pledge of more than $30 billion substantially increased the Gates Foundation's resources, and grant-making more than doubled from 2005 to 2009. Even more marked are the Foundation's dramatically shifted priorities." Over the years, Gates has shifted its money from directly funding schools to instead subsidizing research, advocacy and activism.

How Are Schools Harnessing Technology?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
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When it comes to education, the role and effects of technology has been a tough nut to crack. As tomorrow's Digital Learning Day approaches, education groups and officials are offering up their recommendations.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Puts Michelle Rhee On Defense

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
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Last night, former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee stopped by The Daily Show to promote her memoir, "Radical." Host Jon Stewart's mother is a teacher, so he pressed Rhee on many of these policies, especially his (and teachers') dissatisfaction with the heavy emphasis on standardized tests.

Michelle Rhee Meets Jon Stewart; Texas School Funding Unconstitutional: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
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Rhee The Radical? Former Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee continues the book tour for her memoir, "Radical," stopping last night at the Daily Show. She talked to host Jon Stewart about standardized testing, school accountability, and poverty. Stewart's mother was a teacher, so it's always interesting to see him interview education figures. For now, watch the interview here. More on that soon. And stay tuned -- Rhee is slated to appear on HuffPost Live at 1:30 p.m., so set your, er, Google calendars to remind you!

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee's Regrets, School Voucher Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
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Rhee-grets, She Has A Few? Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is out with a new memoir this week (called "Radical"), and she's making the talk show rounds to promote it. Yesterday, she told George Stephanopolous on "This Week" that maybe she shouldn't have fired that principal on TV. "My style is very deliberative and very focused on doing what's right for kids.  And so I wouldn't change that so much," Rhee said.  "Should I have fired ineffective principals?  Absolutely.  Should I have done so on national TV?  Probably not." Here's a Times interview, in which she says she regrets initially not taking test security questions seriously. Also, Rhee is scheduled to be on The Daily Show tonight, so that should be fun!

Ed Today: Voucher Expansion Proposed By Ohio Gov. Kasich

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
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Vouchers To Grow In Ohio? In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's (R) budget plan would reduce funding gaps between wealthy and poor public school districts and also create a new voucher program, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The new vouchers would give about $4,250 a year toward private-school tuition to any kindergartener whose family is making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. The next year, Kasich would expand the program to include first graders. While an existing scholarship plan currently does something similar for 15,702 students, a full 1.8 million students would qualify for the new plan's income requirements The budget plan includes a 6 percent overall school funding increase the following year, and then 3.2 percent more the next year.

Ed Today: Walmart Founders' Philanthropy Sponsoring Chicago Closure Hearings, Portland Special Ed Lawsuit

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
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Walmart-Backed Engagement? Catalyst Chicago has reported that Chicago's community hearings on school closures are being underwritten by the Walton Foundation. Catalyst notes that Chicago Public Schools officials have said they "don't want to link the volatile issue of school closings with the equally volatile issue of charter school openings," but Walton is a major backer of charter schools. Media isn't allowed to attend these community sessions. "This grant is allowing us to initiate what is probably the most inclusive and rigorous outreach to parents CPS has done to include their voice at the front end of this process," a CPS spokesperson told Catalyst.

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Charter School Report Casts Doubt On Obama Education Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to charter schools, the bad ones stay bad and the good ones stay good, according to a report on charter school growth rele...

Ed Today: Antonio Villaraigosa's Education Reforms Questioned By Mayoral Contenders

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
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Reform Fatigue In L.A.? "Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way On Education Reform, But His Potential Successors Are Reluctant To Pick Up The Torch," reads the headline of an L.A. Weekly blog post.. The two top mayoral contenders to replace Villaraigosa at the helm of the nation's second largest school district aren't campaigning Villaraigosa-style reforms. The West Coast city's dynamic seems to echo New York's -- mayoral candidates have eschewed, for the most part, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big, controversial reform agenda.

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Obama Education Agenda Is Racist, Civil Rights Leaders Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The standards-based education reform movement calls school change "the civil rights issue of our time." But about 220 mostly African Ame...

Ed Today: Scott Walker Wants Merit Pay, Arizona School Funding Screwup

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
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Scott Walker-Style Merit Pay? Speaking at a Friday convention, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he wants the state to begin a program that would pay partially teachers in accordance with their ratings, reports the Badger Herald. "One of the things we're looking to do going forward is to put additional resources into public education over the next two years in this budget in a variety of different ways is in part ... put money behind performance," Walker said. "How can we provide an incentive bonus?" 

Ed Tonight: Michael Bloomberg Rails Against Teacher Evaluation Deals (And No Deals)

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
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Mayor Of New York State? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has had it. Speaking to a joint legislative panel in Albany, Bloomberg said the school districts that submitted teacher evaluation plans that expire in a year have committed "fraud," reports the Buffalo News. Bloomberg also said that the holdup over NYC's evaluations -- the so-called "sunset" provisions -- surprised him. Ernest Logan, who heads the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, is miffed, to say the least. "The mayor turned the truth upside-down," he wrote in a Monday letter to his membership that was forwarded to HuffPost. "We can't comprehend how he can claim surprise when the issue was on the table throughout both unions' negotiations and was approved ... for virtually every other district statewide."

Ed Today: Tom Harkin's Retirement Will Leave Education Committee Gap

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
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Tom Harkin Out? This weekend, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced he won't be running for reelection. While the "liberal lion's" announcement made news, what I didn't see mentioned in many stories about the retirement is that Harkin is chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee -- the very one that is in charge of dealing with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. So what's next for HELP? Harkin has told me he intends to reset the reauthorization process while he's still there, but as the folks at Politics K-12 note, that desire could "set up an interesting dynamic with the Obama administration," which is more focused on implementing the waivers it has issued from the law to 34 states and Washington, D.C. The White House wasn't exactly thrilled with the bill his committee moved last year.

Ed Today: Jerry Brown Makes Veiled Hit On EdSec Arne Duncan? Harnessing Teachers' Voices

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.27.2013 | Education
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Did Jerry Brown Just Ding Arne Duncan? In his State of the State address yesterday, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) talked a bit about federalism and educ...