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...

Under the proposed regulations, states would get bonus points for addressing STEM. What will the final regs say about STEM?

Rick Hess, over at the American Enterprise Institute's Blog, asks an excellent question: "Why Is the Secretary of Education Lobbying on the Healthcare Bill?"...

The Louisiana School Boards Associations thinks it would be fiscally irresponsible for the state to go after a slice of the $4 billion in Race to the Top program grants, according to this Associated Press Story. The boards are worried that the program will eventually amount to an unfunded mandate, in which districts will be expected to keep up with the new activities financed by the grant even after the infusion of federal cash goes away in two years. (One superintendent I talked to in Colorado for this story had similar concerns). It's hard to say whether the school boards' ...

The President spent a large chunk of today's speech trying to educate people on those four "assurances" in the stimulus law, which are clearly becoming the education reform vision of his administration.

The U.S. Department of Education has taken its Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization tour all the way across the street: to the National Museum of the American Indian, literally across Independence Avenue from department headquarters in Washington. An event today gave tribal leaders, in town anyway for a White House conference on Native American issues, a chance to share their ideas for renewing ESEA, of which the No Child Left Behind Act is the current version. As you probably remember, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said recently that the NCLB "Listening and Learning Tour" has reached a new ...

TABOR loses in Maine and Washington state, Ohio clears the way for casinos that could boost school revenue, and Mainers scrap a same-sex-marriage law that some said could affect the curriculum.

Mayors re-elected in New York City and Boston, while the governorships turn over in New Jersey and Virginia.

Race to the Top will be a key focus of tomorrow's speech, which will highlight Wisconsin's upcoming legislative vote to remove the "firewall" between student data and teacher evaluations.

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