1. According to the Obama administration, 300,000 education jobs have been lost since 2009; for all this hope and change, he blames the Republicans, of course.
  2. With the recent addition of Nevada, 33 states have now received No Child Left Behind waivers from the Obama administration. Meanwhile, California, after figuring that it would cost $2 billion to apply, has opted out.
  3. The U.S. Department of Education has kicked off its next Race to the Top competition, this time offering $400 million to school districts. Recent changes in the rules include nixing the previous requirement that the districts implement performance evaluations on school board members. Also, the maximum grant has now been raised from $25 million to $40 million, and districts with at least 2,000 students may now apply, down from the previously required 2,500.
  4. The government will give $21.5 million to 43 states to fund AP tests for low-income students.
  5.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan has now held his third annual federal Bullying Prevention Summit. The goal: spread awareness and brainstorm solutions.