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  • Relief ahead for states from No Child Left Behind law, but with strings

    Relief ahead for states from No Child Left Behind law, but with strings

    States can be excused from some certain requirements of No Child Left Behind, the US education reform law, the Obama administration said Monday. But it wants them to adopt different reforms.

  • Education secretary tells Congress: Change No Child Left Behind – or I will

    Education secretary tells Congress: Change No Child Left Behind – or I will

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan says time is running out to reauthorize No Child Left Behind. If Congress doesn't move soon, he said he'll take matters into his own hands.

  • Why House conservatives are offering fresh plan on federal debt

    Why House conservatives are offering fresh plan on federal debt

    Reeling from the reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to reform Medicare, an influential group of House Republicans offers an alternative plan to lock in spending and rein in the federal debt.

  • For-profit colleges: Great deal for taxpayers. But for students?

    For-profit colleges: Great deal for taxpayers. But for students?

    For-profit colleges leave students with too much debt, some in Washington are saying. Even though graduates of for-profit colleges might have huge loans to repay, they are a good deal for taxpayers, a recent study says.

  • Can Obama, Congress meet minds to revamp No Child Left Behind?

    Can Obama, Congress meet minds to revamp No Child Left Behind?

    A new version of No Child Left Behind may target only the bottom 5 percent of schools for intervention. For most schools, mandates based on student test scores would be rolled back.

  • Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Senate leaders decided to scrap a 1,900-page omnibus spending bill that contained $8 billion in home state spending projects – otherwise known as earmarks, pet projects, or "pork." Government spending and the deficit became an issue in the midterm election, and lawmakers are keenly aware of voter anger about large, catch-all bills that are quickly passed. The following senators have been ranked by the monetary value of earmarks they backed, whether alone or with others, in the now-scuttled omnibus spending bill. The earmark process became more transparent with the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which required creation of a database of all government spending. The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense used the database to compile this ranking. Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma, who co-sponsored the legislation, also has a list of the disclosed earmarks in the omnibus bill on his website. *This is the amount requested both alone and with other members of Congress.

  • Unemployment benefits: not until Bush tax cuts pass, Senate GOP says

    Unemployment benefits: not until Bush tax cuts pass, Senate GOP says

    Senate Republicans pledge not to take up any issues, including extending unemployment benefits, until the Bush tax cuts and federal spending bills are sorted out.

  • Food safety bill 101: What are the facts and myths?

    Food safety bill 101: What are the facts and myths?

    The Food Safety Modernization Act has riled everyone from liberal 'locavores' to conservative tea party groups. Here's a rundown of what's really in the Senate bill.

  • Health-care reform in GOP cross hairs

    Health-care reform in GOP cross hairs

    Republicans plan an all-out assault on the new health-care reform law, which they see as the biggest symbol of over-reach by Democrats. President Obama's veto pen is the first defense.

  • For-profit colleges hit with claims of fraud, aggressive recruiting

    At a Senate hearing Wednesday, government investigators released evidence that some for-profit colleges encouraged students to falsify financial aid documents.