February 2012

February 29, 2012

26 More States and D.C. Seek Flexibility from NCLB to Drive Education Reforms in Second Round of Requests

Twenty-six new states and the District of Columbia have formally submitted requests to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Behind. This adds to the 11 states that the Obama Administration announced earlier this month had developed and agreed to implement bold education reforms in exchange for relief from burdensome federal mandates.

February 27, 2012

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

“The shootings at Chardon High School are an unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to the entire community as they grieve this terrible and senseless loss. It’s still too early to know yet why a student took a firearm to school and shot his classmates.

February 24, 2012

Department Launches Pre-Application for 2012 Investing in Innovation Development Applications

The U.S. Department of Education announced the third year of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition for local educational agencies, groups of schools and non-profit organizations to improve student results through innovative practices.

February 24, 2012

Obama Administration Announces Together for Tomorrow

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced today Together for Tomorrow, a new initiative to spotlight existing and spur new community engagement in turning around persistently low-performing schools.

February 23, 2012

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a legislative proposal in South Carolina to block implementation of the Common Core academic standards:

February 22, 2012

Statement from Education Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue's announcement to extend early childhood education to 2,000 at-risk North Carolina children:

February 17, 2012

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education on New York's Agreement on Evaluation Guidelines

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on New York's agreement on evaluation guidelines.

February 15, 2012

Department of Education Approves New Mexico's Request for Flexibility from No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON – New Mexico’s commitment to adopt bold reforms around standards, accountability and teacher effectiveness has qualified the state to receive flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the current federal education law, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.

February 15, 2012

Obama Administration Seeks to Elevate Teaching Profession, Duncan to Launch RESPECT Project: Teacher-Led National Conversation

The Obama Administration's 2013 proposed budget includes a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education and other stakeholders to comprehensively reform the field of teaching. The proposal touches on every phase of teaching from training and tenure to compensation and career opportunities.

February 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Education 2013 Budget Continues Investments to Strengthen Workforce and Rebuild American Economy

The Obama Administration continues its commitment to education and an America Built to Last with the release of its 2013 budget today, building on responsible decisions that will put the nation on a path toward fiscal sustainability in the coming years.

February 10, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Releases Environmental Justice Strategy

The Department of Education today announced the release of its draft Environmental Justice (EJ) strategy. The Department’s draft EJ strategy focuses on healthy learning environments for students, energy-efficient school facilities, sustainability education and environmental literacy, and energy efficiency in the Department’s facilities.

February 9, 2012

President Obama: Our Children Can't Wait for Congress to Fix No Child Left Behind, Announces Flexibility in Exchange for Reform for Ten States

Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will announce today that ten states that have agreed to implement bold reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the burdensome mandates of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

February 6, 2012

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today, recognizing National School Counseling Week, Feb. 6-10, 2012.