The federal government provides about 8 percent of K-12 dollars, primarily through Title I funding for children from low-income families and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Obama administration sought to expand leverage over states through the Race to the Top competition, but a deadlock in Congress over reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act has left federal policy in flux.
Forecasters have little to go on since education wasn't a major theme in the presidential campaign.
GOP emphasis on giving more power to states consistent with California's reforms stressing local control.
State board president, state superintendent say proposed rules on funding for low-income students would intrude on local control and exceed federal authority.
The new California accountability system for schools will use a "report card" format.
Congress has given states more freedom to decide how best to use Title I dollars for low-income children.
The national test results show scores from 4th- and 8th-graders.
State officials plan to administer a pilot test aligned with new science standards.
Courses such as civics, technology, music and the arts, aren't luxuries that are just nice to have, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said in a statement.
The federal government urges the use of the Every Student Succeeds Act to support early education.
Paid out over five years, it’s one of the biggest grants the Department of Education's Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program has awarded to help Latino and high-needs students
California high school graduation rates are slightly below the national average but are rising more quickly.
The education department rejected the state's request for a science testing waiver.
The investigation concluded that the district violated federal education and disability law.
The letter criticizes the proposed rules, saying they say would "derail" the state's progress toward a new accountability system.
A new analysis says federal system would discount California's school climate, college and career indicators.