The pros and cons of Congress' proposal to trim $500 million from Race to the Top to fund edujobs have sparked quite the discussion on this blog. Most of the commenters seem to think edujobs is a far better use of taxpayer money than Race to the Top. But here's one interesting argument in favor of cutting Race to the Top, and not for obvious reasons. Mike Petrilli over at Flypaper says that to leave Race to the Top Round 2 at a bloated $3.4 billion forces Education Secretary Arne Duncan to fund some very mediocre proposals. And that's ...


This week, the Senate is back and word is that lawmakers will start trying to figure out how to pay for the edujobs bill. In fact, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spent last Friday in Washington state stumping for the edujobs bill, alongside Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a key member of Congress who hasn't always seen eye-to-eye with the administration on K-12 policy issues. (For instance, last year, she spoke out against a measure that would have increased funding for the Teacher Incentive Fund—a major White House priority—because the boost would come at the expense ...


Depending on which state you live in, the edujobs bill may not be such a good deal—especially if your state might win a Race to the Top grant. Given all of the debate about the Congressional proposal to siphon off $500 million from the Race to the Top program to give every state an additional chunk of money to save teachers' jobs, it seems valuable to look at the trade-offs states would have to make. First, let's be clear about two things: States that have no chance of winning a Race to the Top grant in Round 2 would...


With Congress out and the eduworld left waiting to find out the fate of $800 million in proposed cuts from the Obama administration's signature school reform vehicles, the most political thing going on now seems to be the NEA convention. Check out my colleague Stephen Sawchuk's stellar coverage here, or, more specifically, zero in on: What caused Diane Ravitch to strip off her jacket in front of the union's assembly; Whether the union did, indeed, vote to throw EdSec Arne Duncan completely under the edu-bus; Whether delegates have even one iota of confidence in Race to the Top; How NEA ...


Thirteen senators are urging their colleagues to spare Race to the Top and other administration K-12 priorities and come up with another way to help finance aid to states to prevent teacher layoffs. "The proposed education cuts are unacceptable," the group wrote in a letter to Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. "Choosing between preserving teacher jobs and supporting vital education reforms is a false choice and would set a dangerous precedent. By reducing promised funding for these important reforms, Congress would be pulling the rug out from under the efforts of thousands of communities around the ...


The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation late Thursday night to help prevent teacher layoffs, despite opposition from the Obama administration, which threatened to veto the measure if it includes $800 million in cuts to its key K-12 initiatives. The legislation takes aim at three of the administration's most prized education priorities. That includes cutting $500 million from the $4.35 billion Race to the Top program, which rewards states for making progress on certain education redesign initiatives. It also would cut $200 million from the Teacher Incentive Fund, which doles out grants to support pay-for-performance programs, and $100 ...


Despite a veto threat from the White House, Rep. David Obey defended his proposal to cut $800 million in Obama administration education priorities to help pay for education jobs.


The Obama administration has signaled that it will veto the entire education jobs bill if the $800 million in cuts to its reform priorities remain. Here is what the administration told Congress in a statement on the edujobs bill, which the U.S. House of Representatives will consider tonight: "Since the quality of education we afford our children also is essential to our long-term strength and security, the Administration supports the proposed funding to avert the layoff of hundreds of thousands of public school teachers and deep cuts in Pell Grants that millions of students need to attend college." But ...


Imagine that you are a state education official who has spent months and months on Race to the Top, coaxing districts to sign memorandums of understanding and negotiating with union officials, tracking down data, and convincing the Gates Foundation to give you some planning money. Would you be irked that some folks in Congress want to make the pot smaller, potentially meaning fewer winners in the grant competition? Of course, the plan puts states in a bind. Many really want to see the $10 billion in funding to prevent teacher layoffs (and, folks could argue, states wouldn't need the money ...


President Obama supports jobs bill but opposes cut to signature initiative.


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