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U.S. Department of Education
July 3, 2019
Feds give green light to controversial contract between Memphis charter school and Catholic diocese
The charter school network’s lease prohibits it from teaching anything considered “gravely immoral” by the Catholic Church.
June 27, 2019
Michigan no longer ranks near bottom for special education, but that doesn’t mean students are doing better academically
Michigan’s special education performance improved slightly this year, after it was ranked near the bottom of the nation in 2018.
May 15, 2019
D.C. voucher students don’t see test score gains, but are less likely to be frequently absent, latest research shows
The results are a mixed bag, but offer good news compared to earlier studies of D.C.’s program.
Updated April 22, 2019
Charter networks KIPP and IDEA win big federal grants to fund ambitious growth plans
KIPP is slated to receive $86 million over five years. IDEA, a Texas-based charter network, won an expected $116 million over five years.
Breaking school-to-prison pipeline
April 12, 2019
This program helps put arrested Memphis teens on track. Now its funding is in jeopardy.
The $1.2 million federal grant for Project Stand expires this summer and Shelby County Schools has not yet decided if the district will pick up the tab.
Fixing Special Education
March 11, 2019
The feds have called out New York for a decade on its special education record. That’s news to some policymakers.
For the past decade, the federal government has identified New York as a state that needs help complying with special education laws.
February 4, 2019
Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top
Will Pinkston presents his perspective in a 16,000-word, self-published essay.
January 9, 2019
Could Michigan’s new A-F law cost the state federal funding?
It's been controversial from the start. But now there are questions about whether Michigan's new A-F law could cost the state federal funding.
Boost for charters
October 9, 2018
Colorado gets $55 million to support charter school expansion
The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help charter schools with start-up costs and trainings.
September 20, 2018
In a letter to Betsy DeVos, Michigan officials highlight the plight of refugee students — and ask for testing waiver
To teachers who work with recently arrived refugee students, the problem is clear: Although their students will eventually learn English, their language skills…
September 11, 2018
‘Not keeping pace with need’: New York City loses out on federal funds for high-poverty schools
A chunk of Title I money has evaporated over the past decade as federal funding has lagged compared with the number of needy schools.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
August 23, 2018
A Colorado advocate for arming teachers thinks a new federal proposal is misplaced
Should the federal government make money available for schools to arm teachers, it would be up to each district in Colorado to decide whether to take advantage.
May 9, 2018
Memphis student among 161 high school seniors named as U.S. Presidential Scholars
A Memphis senior is headed to Vanderbilt University in the fall, but first, she will make a stop at the White House.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
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