GAO Report: Homeless Student Program Needs More Oversight

To identify and serve homeless students under the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, officials in the 20 school districts where GAO conducted interviews reported conducting a range of activities to support homeless youth, but cited several challenges.

Feds Give $28M Toward AP Tests for Low-Income Students

The federal government said Tuesday it provided about $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, to offset the cost of giving advanced placement tests to low-income students.

Republicans Demand Report on NCLB Waivers

Republicans requested a government report on the Department of Education’s criteria for waiving Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requirements.

Feds Extend No Child Left Behind Waivers for Five States

The Obama administration announced today that five states—Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina—have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Obama Announces $2.5M for Native Americans to Run Schools

As part of the Obama Administration’s historic commitment to ensure that all students attending Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools receive an effective education delivered to them by tribes, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced this week that the BIE will fund $2.5 million in Sovereignty in Indian Education competitive grants.

Have the Feds Made School Food Worse?

Last week I attended the School Nutrition Association’s annual meeting in Boston, a gathering of the nation’s school food service workers. While most of the controversy lately has focused on the federally-required improvements to nutrition standards for school lunches, getting lost in the shuffle are new standards coming online this fall for school snacks and beverages.

Obama’s Initiative for Black and Latino Boys to Expand

President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation.

Commissioners Question Funding of FCC’s School Wi-Fi Plan

Two of the co-authors of the E-Rate subsidy program have cautioned FCC chairman Tom Wheeler not to move too much money to wireless support if it means “cannibalizing” funding for basic connectivity, and suggest any Wi-Fi funding migration be a two-year test-project.

Feds Extend NCLB Waivers for Six States

Six states so far will get to keep their waivers from many of the mandates of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act through the end of the upcoming school year, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. The states are: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, South Dakota, and Virginia.

Does the House Charter Bill Reduce School Choice?

A bipartisan bill that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives would send more money to charter schools nationwide, but some charter advocates warn federal funding will inevitably decrease charter autonomy and, therefore, quality.