Instead of having the new round of grants go to individual states, state schools chiefs want states to be able to collaborate together on grant applications.
New numbers from the Department of Education show that only 53 percent of the schools receiving SIG money are urban, while 23 percent are rural, and 24 percent are suburban.
Leaders in the Democratic-for-now House of Representatives have included $550 million to extend the Race to the Top program in a big, giant spending bill that finances most government programs at last year's levels until Sept. 30.
As lawmakers struggle to complete some sort of spending plan, the administration is pushing lawmakers for another year of Race to the Top.
The U.S. Department of Education will give states feedback on their Race to the Top plans by December 10.
In a speech to state lawmakers and education leaders, the education secretary offered a glimpse into his thoughts for the future.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the NEA, are holding an event today at a middle school in Prince George's County, Maryland, that is trying out one of the four, controversial school improvement models spelled out in the regulations for the School Improvement Grants. On the surface, this seemed like one more photo-op to dispel the notion that the administration is locking heads with unions over education redesign efforts. That seems to be a big public relations push for both the unions and department right now, culminating in a big Union Collaboration ...
Schools and states found it hard to combine satisfy the ARRA's goals of both education redesign and economic development, Bellwether Education Partners finds.
The lame-duck Congress is still grappling with what kind of spending plan to hammer out for fiscal year 2011.
Officials say they want to take "lessons learned" from i3 and Race to the Top and apply them for a review of all of the agency's competitive grant program, including the Teacher Incentive Fund and School Improvement grants.