Back before the Race to the Top Round One winners were announced, I wondered whether the Education Department would select winners from states with influential members of Congress, who might be able to help U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan move his agenda. Of course, the selection process was set up in a way intended to assure that political influence was not a factor in determining who actually won—no state got extra points for being the home of a powerful member of Congress. But politics could be part of the fallout, including the question of whether the Race...

Race to the Top Round 2 may be over, but another high-stakes competition is underway in just about all of the winning states: the 2010 gubernatorial elections. And in some cases, the results of those contests could flip control of the state house from one party to the other. The question that's tough to answer right now: Just how much ownership will a governor's successor have over a plan his or her predecessor helped to create (or at least endorsed)? Of the nine states that won Race to the Top grants last week, a whopping eight have elections underway for ...

Questions emerge about New Jersey Gov. Christie's claim that his administration had taken necessary steps to fix a critical mistake in the state's Race to the Top application.

New Jersey botches its Race to the Top application. The governor is blaming the feds, and U.S. Department of Ed spokesman responds.

Critics question why Colorado and Louisiana were left out; in New Jersey, did an application error doom the state's application?

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says political favoritism and geography were not factors in the awarding of Round Two Race to the Top grants.

Winners emphasized innovative approaches to school turnarounds and teacher evaluation, among other changes.

Nine states, plus the District of Columbia, are named as winners.

The winners of Round 2 of the federal Race to the Top program are expected to be announced tomorrow.

Memo to Congress and the U.S. Department of Education: Stay out of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. At least that was the message at an Education Commission of the States forum session Friday from three state policymakers whose states have either won the Race to the Top competition (Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat from Tennessee) or are finalists (Dwight Jones, the state schools chief in Colorado, and Mitchell Chester, the state schools chief in Massachusetts.) If the feds decide to take ownership of Common Core, they could inject an unwelcome note of partisanship, Bredesen said. "The problem with ...

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