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White House releases details of student debt relief plan

A conference call with reporters Wednesday revealed more details about the Obama administration’s plan to roll out a program for student debt relief.

Hearing on state of charter schools exemplifies divisiveness of issue

The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a June 1 hearing on the state of charter schools in America. The testimony and series of questions and answers spanned nearly three hours, covering topics like charter school accreditation processes, the increased role of private management firms in operating local charter schools and the difficulty of scaling successful charter schools to address state-specific and national needs.

New education report chastises U.S. for not studying international models

A new report (PDF) from the National Center on Education and the Economy has concluded the U.S. is not proactive enough in adopting successful education models from abroad.

Lt. Gov. O’Brien wrapping up application for federal education-reform funds

While Gov. Bill Ritter navigates the media storm set in motion by the surprise announcement that he will not run for reelection in 2010, Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien is busy wrapping up the Colorado application to win K-12 school funding through the federal Department of Education's $5 billion Race to the Top program. The program aims to reward innovative approaches to education reform. O'Brien is proposing new student performance testing and teacher evaluation, among other things. She spoke with the Colorado Independent over the holidays about the proposal and why many districts in the state have yet to sign on to the application.

Race to the Top fails to redirect stream of bad teachers...

A recent New York Times editorial points out that Race to the Top—U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s $4.3 billion tool for reform—has failed...

Charter school supporters sound warnings over union win in Denver schools

Even as charter school supporters swept the Douglas County School Board election Tuesday, charter school advocates were losing power in the Denver Public School...

Gates Foundation funds made available for state Race to the Top...

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it will open up its offer of financial help with the Race to the Top...

Commissioner Jones seeks support for state’s Race to the Top application

Dwight Jones, Colorado's Commissioner of Education, is on a 14-city race himself right now, in order to seek support from local school districts for...

Colorado charter school gone bad

Everybody loves charter schools these days, from the Gates Foundation to researchers. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan likes charter schools so much he has made...

Yet another study suggests overhauling Colo. teacher evaluation

If Colorado doesn’t win Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s Race to the Top, it won’t be for lack of studies. Last week, yet another...