October 2009 Archives

The first quarterly reports that detail these jobs numbers are now online at Recovery.gov, with state-by-state breakdowns of jobs saved and where the money has gone.


The first quarterly reports from states on how they spent their stimulus funds will be out tomorrow, and all sides will be scrutinizing the data, especially numbers on how many jobs were saved.


Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who appeared with the former British Prime Minister, did suggest borrowing the idea of "knighthood" to raise the prestige of the teaching profession.


Way back in the spring, my colleague Christina Samuels wrote this story about how the U.S. Department of Education is taking a hard line with districts that aren't meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Apparently, districts that aren't in compliance with the IDEA have to make sure they target special education dollars made available under the stimulus package to improving their programs for students with disabilities. They can't reduce their own contributions, as they normally would be able to under the law, now that the federal share has increased. It's a very complex, technical issue, ...


If you haven't already, you should check out my colleague Erik Robelen's story about education in this off-year election. He points out that the very tight races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia will help shed some light on how well the Democratic brand is faring, now that the party is in charge of practically everything and the economy is still slumping. The New Jersey race is close, according to these recent polls. And the GOP has an edge, according to this one from Virginia. Although it might not seem so on the surface, those gubernatorial races may matter ...


John White is moving from press secretary to rural outreach; deputies Sandra Abrevaya and Justin Hamilton will now share the press secretary title.


As the Education Secretary promotes fitness and nutrition, these onion rings likely wouldn't make his healthy foods list.


A former Obama education adviser offers skepticism of the President's education strategy.


$16.5 billion. That's the amount of money that 36 states combined will need to find, somewhere, to get back to their 2008 K-12 funding levels after stimulus money runs out. That amounts to about 10 percent of these 36 states' combined budgets, according to my own calculations of figures presented in a White House report out yesterday on the impact of the stimulus package on education jobs. This is the funding cliff that states and school districts have been warned about. States will need to replace this money at a time when the national economy only now is showing ...


This is a preview of what the public will see when the first quarterly stimulus reports are made public on Oct. 30.


So the Kevin Jennings controversy is just not going away. The latest? A group of 53 House Republicans has signed a letter to President Barack Obama calling for Jennings, who heads up the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, to resign. The letter, which is posted here, reads in part: The totality of Mr. Jennings' career has been to advocate for public affirmation of homosexuality. There is more to safe and drug free schools than can be accomplished from the narrow view of Mr. Jennings, who has, for more than 20 years, ...


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is giving a speech tomorrow at the National Association of State Boards of Education that will focus on the state-federal role in education. The issue has flared up recently, particularly in the department's handling of the $4 billion Race to the Top program, which is meant to reward states for making major progress in certain areas, including standards and assessments, teacher quality, data systems, and turning around low performing schools. Some folks say this is a lot of federal direction, even for a voluntary program. But in the speech, Duncan will explain that ...


New tax data shows that as the national economy shows signs of recovery, states are still in big, big trouble.


Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants states to remember there are other competitive grant funds the department will award.


So I'm sure all you politics geeks out there have heard by now that Rep. Mike Castle, a Republican, is going to run for the Senate seat in Delaware that became vacant when Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. became Vice President Joe Biden. Sen. Edward E. Kaufman, a Democrat, is keeping the seat warm for now, but no one expects him to stick around. Although the initial statements from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee play up some of Castle's more conservative stances, he is generally considered a moderate's moderate. In fact, after the Dems took over Congress in 2006, Democratic ...


As California moves to eliminate its data firewall, Nevada isn't budging.


Colorado is taking the community buy-in part of the grant application very seriously.


Vote for your favorite: RTT, RTTT, or RttT.


Despite any rumblings to the contrary, there will still be two rounds of competition--and apps will be out to states in the fall.


Ideally, the Department wants i3 grant applications to demonstrate 20 percent private sector matching funding.


While waiting for details from a 2 p.m. media call on i3, check out Duncan on Colbert last night.


Watch Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m. EDT.


Happy Friday! Check out these good reads: The always-vigilant Eduflack reports on the time-line for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, aka No Child Left Behind. Apparently, it's coming sooner than you think. Edweek's own Steve Sawchuk of Teacher Beat fame reports on the House Education and Labor Committee's hearing on teacher quality. Apparently there were some back-and-forth between Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the panel's chairman, and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, plus some bipartisan support for the Teacher Incentive Fund, which doles out grants for performance pay programs. Check out the hearing for yourself here. Speaking of ...


Kevin Jennings, was appointed to his job at the helm of the U.S. Department of Education's office of safe and drug free schools more than three months ago, amid criticism from some socially conservative groups that sought to derail the appointment. Now, some controversial statements he made years ago to a gay student are stirring up those critics once again. Warren Throckmorton, a conservative psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and an independent blogger, recently posted an audio interview on his Web site, in which Jennings recounts that while he was a high school teacher he told ...


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