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.
Mandatory Reading? In Idaho, a lawmaker has proposed a bill that requires all students to read Tea Party favorite Atlas Shrugged before they can graduate.
Kind Cops? In the wake of the horrific Newtown, Conn. school shooting, cops in Castle Rock, Colorado are changing up their routines, according to the Associated Press. The police there are doing their paperwork in school parking lots, rather than in their offices. "The kids get to see us in a new light. We're not showing up after something bad has happened," said Sgt. Chris O'Neal of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department south of Denver.
Teachers Favorites? According to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed budget, no public workers should get raises -- except for educators, reports the Associated Press. His budget would also expand the state's pre-kindergarten offerings, increasing education spending by a full five percent, or $277 million, overall.
Auf Wiedershien? As you might have heard, Germany's education minister has been under fire for alleged plagiarism. Now, a university has revoked her doctorate, saying that she stole bits of her thesis. Annette Schavan is defiant, reports World Now. She's refusing to resign.