A CBO new estimate, requested by Sen. Judd Gregg, a Republican from New Hampshire, shows that there may be a lot less money to spend on early childhood education than originally predicted.

Tomorrow, I'm spending the day with Arne. Yes, the Arne. And, I'll be tweeting about it, so follow along via the Politics K-12 Twitter feed. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be in Florida as part of his Listening and Learning tour. He'll also give a speech at the GE Foundation's meeting. In between visits, I'll try to get answers on my questions (and yours) about Race to the Top....

Do rural states have a shot at the money? Who will judge the applications? What if the governor refuses to sign on?

The decision to make states ineligible for grants if they don't permit the use of student achievement data for evaluating teachers went all the way to the Oval Office.

The Obama administration gave a thumbs up to the increase for the Teacher Incentive Fund, and a thumbs down to lawmakers' decision not to boost funding for the Title I school improvement grants by $1 billion.

There are new proposed requirements on how states should show progress toward those four education-improvement areas spelled out in the stimulus law.

The most talked about, written about, and speculated about part of the stimulus, the $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund, is getting top billing across the edu-blogsphere today.

The Education Department has unveiled criteria for deciding who will get a slice of the $4 billion Race to the Top fund.

The word on the street (and by street, I mean twitter) is that the Race to the Top application process is going to be announced as soon as tomorrow. (The folks at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a think-tank in Washington, are saying it outright.) The $4.35 billion Race to the Top program, which was created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is meant to reward states that make significant progress on teacher quality and distribution, standards and assessments, school improvement, and tracking student progress through data systems. Folks are wondering just how serious the Education Department is ...

The Education Department's Office of Inspector General looked for patterns in its investigations since 2002 and found pervasive problems with spending federal money.

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