Tag Archives: K-12 Education

Supreme Court to Hear Gloucester County, VA Transgender Bathroom Case

Last week the Supreme Court announced it will review the G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board (VA) decision–a case dealing with who gets to use what bathroom in a local high school.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that for purposes of Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination, a student’s self-designated gender identity … Continue Reading

House Passes ESEA Reauthorization; Senate Reaches Interest Rate Deal

Last Friday, July 19, the House passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act–its version of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA)–by a vote of 221-207. The message?  State and local control. Last reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the ESEA has continued in recent years under annual appropriations … Continue Reading

Talbert to Speak at Heritage Foundation Panel Discussion

I have accepted an invitation to discuss legal aspects of the Common Core Standards, the U.S. Department of Education-funded ($362 million) Race to the Top student academic assessments, and the Department-initiated conditions required in order to receive a No Child Left Behind Waiver. Hosted by The Heritage Foundation, the panel discussion will occur tomorrow, April 17, … Continue Reading

Harvard Conference on Learning from the International Experience

Last week I had the occasion to attend an outstanding conference organized by Paul Peterson and hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Education Policy and Governance. Entitled “Learning from the International Experience:  Lifting U.S. Students to World Class Levels of Performance,” the panel discussions focused upon the following questions:  What can be learned … Continue Reading

House Committee Asks Government Accountability Office (GAO) to Examine Regulatory Burdens

Earlier this year the House Education and Workforce Committee held hearings to examine the impact and burden of federal, state, and local regulations upon school districts. In a related vein, yesterday Chairman John Kline and Rep. Richard Hanna sent a letter.pdf to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking a number of questions about federal regulatory burdens, … Continue Reading

Comments Due by July 25, 2011 on Education’s Plan to Review Regulations

Today (July 6, 2011), the U.S. Department of Education published a Notice.pdf of its “Preliminary Plan” for a comprehensive review of elementary, secondary, and higher education regulations in the Federal Register.  As noted in my post of July 1, institutions of higher education, school districts, schools, and others in the education sector will want to take … Continue Reading

Big Vote (34-5) on Charter Schools’ Bill

By a vote of 34-5, the House Education and Workforce Committee reported out its second Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, H.R. 2218.pdf, on June 22, 2011. Entitled the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act, the legislation revamps the current charter schools’ discretionary grant program, among other things, to give priority to states … Continue Reading

Committee to Update Charter Schools Grant Program

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce announced plans today to mark-up its second Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.   Known as the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act, H.R. 2218.pdf updates the federal charter schools program by consolidating various funding streams into the … Continue Reading