Nine rural school superintendents told the Education Secretary that most of the department's turnaround models will not work in rural communities.

Rep. David R. Obey, the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a major architect of the stimulus law, ranted and raved yesterday in this statement about inaccurate reporting on "Credibility counts in government and stupid mistakes like this undermine it," Obey said. "Whether the numbers are good news or bad news, I want the honest numbers and I want them now." Obey may have been thinking about reports like this recent ABC news account, which found that the Obama administration scaled back their estimate - by 60,000 - of how many jobs were created under ...

The new assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education says she feels a bit like a vice principal again, with a principal and a superintendent to answer to.

The former Republican House speaker pledged to help the Obama administration find common ground with the GOP during reauthorization.

If you haven't read Michele's thoughtful story on the final Race to the Top rules, you should do so immediately. She mentions that the Education Department has set "non-binding" spending levels for how big each winning state's grant might be. The levels are based on the number of school-age children in the state. For instance, just four states, California, Florida, New York, and Texas, are eligible for the biggest grants, ranging from $350 million to $750 million each. Not surprisingly, it sounds like some states are less than thrilled about the size of their possible awards. Take Colorado, for instance. ...

A sampling of reaction from around the blogsphere on today's release of final Race to the Top regulations: Eduflack guesses that 4 or 5 states will win grants in Round 1 (heavily weighted toward the Gates states), with a dozen or so in Round 2. Over at Flypaper, the very quotable Andy Smarick points out the absence of any mention of union contracts in the final regs, and laments the reform bar is now a little bit lower than it was in the first draft. Neal McClusky at [email protected] opines that these regs don't actually do anything. The always ...

The president has been heavily involved in Race to Top so far, so will he be involved at all in picking the winners? I ask Education Secretary Arne Duncan that question.

The U.S. Department of Education will unveil final rules for the $4 billion competition tomorrow, but until then, get the skinny at

The Obama administration is calling for far more funding for teacher-pay proposals than for wrap-around services for low-income students.

The U.S. Department of Education today specified the kind of data and information that states will need to submit if they want to get a piece of the second—and final—round of State Fiscal Stabilization Fund money. Back in April, the department alerted governors that this guidance would be coming. States will need to meet a total of 35 reporting requirements, including 32 "indicators" and three that will require some kind of a description. Eight of the criteria can be addressed using already existing data. And 14 of the indicators require a "yes" or "no" response. The criteria...

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