In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama conceded defeat in one of his boldest bids to bring more equity to public schools by pulling back controversial rules over how states and school districts must account for their education spending. The Department of Education’s withdrawal of the proposed rules, known as “supplement not supplant,” means that setting those guidelines now falls to Donald Trump, who has his own very different ideas about how federal tax dollars should be spent on K-12 education. view article arw

Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration. view article arw

AUSTIN, TX — Texas Education Agency officials on Thursday released the results of a recently completed online survey centered on the state's implementation of the federal "Every Students Succeeds Act."  Known by its acronym Essa, the new federal law governing K-12 education returns much of the decision-making on education policy to the states. The process requires each state to establish a strategic vision for public education and develop an overall plan toward achieving outlined goals. view article arw

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education owes the state of Ohio $5.3 million, Sen. Sherrod Brown announced on Wednesday. view article arw

Hundreds of angry and frustrated parents turned out on Monday night at separate forums in Houston and Dallas to tell federal education officials how hard it has been to get their children special education services and demand an end to an arbitrary cap that has made special education enrollments in Texas the lowest in the nation.  In Houston, an overflow crowd of 200 educators, politicians, parents and family members filled a cavernous meeting room northwest of downtown, providing often emotional remarks to officials from the U.S. Department of Education, who had called the "listening sessions," and the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

Steve Mnuchin, the Goldman Sachs partner that Trump has chosen as his Secretary of the Treasury, is a very, very lucky man. ProPublica reports that he made a killing during the mortgage meltdown, among many other lucky breaks.  Jesse Eisinger writes: view article arw

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, would be the first person to head the department in its more than 35-year history who hasn't either attended public schools or sent her own children to them.  DeVos, a Michigan philanthropist and GOP political donor who still needs to get through U.S. Senate confirmation before she can assume the helm of the agency, studied at private schools through her entire K-12 career, graduating from Holland Christian High School in Michigan, according to a family spokesman, John Truscott. She later went on to Calvin College. (from Education Week) read more arw

“I have been very tired—more tired and confused than I have ever been in my life,” Kristiina Chartouni, a veteran Finnish educator who began teaching American high-school students this autumn, said in an email. “I am supposedly doing what I love, but I don't recognize this profession as the one that I fell in love with in Finland.” view article arw

The Chron reiterates their choice of Anne Sung for the HISD VII special election runoff.  Anne Sung will bring a wealth of educational experience to this position, representing a district with boundaries encompassing a broad swath of near-southwest to near-northwest Houston that includes Wisdom High School, formerly Robert E. Lee, one of the most ethnically diverse schools in Houston, and Lamar High School, which sits smack in the middle of River Oaks, one of our city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. view article arw

WASHINGTON (AP) — States will have more time to identify failing schools as part of new Obama administration rules aimed at supporting troubled public schools and students who are struggling.  The rules, released Monday, provide a broad framework for states as they design new accountability systems to evaluate schools, to improve ones that aren't adequately educating students and to narrow achievement gaps. It's a key part of the bipartisan education law passed almost one year ago and signed into law by President Barack Obama to replace the widely criticized No Child Left Behind Act. view article arw

WASHINGTON (AP) — School voucher programs in the nation's capital and Vice President-elect Mike Pence's home state of Indiana could serve as a blueprint for a Trump administration plan to use public money to enable disadvantaged students to attend the public or private school of their choice. President-elect Donald Trump made clear that school choice would be an education priority. view article arw

"Common Core is a total disaster. We can't let it continue."  So said presidential candidate Donald Trump in a campaign ad on his website.  To make sure there's no confusion about where he stands on the learning standards that are now used by the vast majority of states, Trump also tweeted earlier this year:  "Get rid of Common Core — keep education local!"  The question for President-elect Trump and for the millions of teachers, parents and students living in Common Core states is pretty simple:  Can he do it? Can he get rid of the Core standards? view article arw

Maine's highest earners will pay an additional 3 percent tax toward a new fund that will help support public education. view article arw

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Public school teachers across Oklahoma expressed shock and disappointment on Wednesday after the resounding defeat of a state question that would have imposed a 1 percent statewide sales tax to fund public education, including a $5,000 teacher pay hike.  Meanwhile, public school supporters sought to allay those concerns by pointing to key victories in state House and Senate races and assuring teachers that the push for a pay raise will resume in earnest during the legislative session that begins next year. view article arw

Georgia voters rejected the ballot question to amend the state constitution and allow a state takeover of the worst performing schools.  Six of ten votes cast on Amendment 1 were against the proposal, which would have established a statewide Opportunity School District.  The district would have been run by a new state agency with authority to take schools deemed to be “chronically failing” from the control of local school boards. view article arw

There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism."  view article arw

A Mississippi school district has been ordered to desegregate its schools after what the Justice Department called a five-decade-long legal battle. The Cleveland School District, about two hours northwest of Jackson, was told that it must consolidate its schools in order to provide real desegregation for students in the city of about 12,000. view article arw