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December 01, 2010

On Duncan's Mind for 2011: Technology, Contracts, ESEA

In a speech to state lawmakers and education leaders, the education secretary offered a glimpse into his thoughts for the future.

November 23, 2010

Review of Competitive Grant Programs Underway at Ed. Dept.

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.

November 16, 2010

NEA Asks Education Department for Regulatory Relief

NEA wants regulatory relief from some of NCLB's requirements. The union sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking for flexibility in key areas.

September 29, 2010

Good News and Bad News for Race to the Top Fans

Supporters of the Race to the Top program have reasons to both cheer and jeer at Congress this week.

September 27, 2010

Education Department Launches Teacher Recruitment Campaign

The Education Department is particularly interested in recruiting teachers for high-need schools and to fill STEM, special education, and ELL positions.

September 16, 2010

Race to the Top Winners Hit D.C.

Officials from the lucky dozen winners of the $4 billion Race to the Top competition met in Washington to hammer out their budgets and talk about implementations issues.

September 16, 2010

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Rips Race to the Top

The longtime Democratic mayor of Chicago says the Race to the Top competition should have rewarded Illinois and his city for their work improving schools.

September 14, 2010

UPDATED: Obama's Back-to-School Speech Big on Inspiration, Perspiration

The president's back-to-school speech in Philadelphia makes no mention of the controversy surrounding last year's address to students.

May 06, 2010

Was Race to the Top Authorized?

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the former director of the Institute of Education Sciences, argues in this Education Week commentary that the Obama administration's signature education policy program, the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, was not authorized by Congress. As a reporter who covere...

April 14, 2010

Congress Scores Race to the Top Scoring System

So now that the first round of winners have been announced, powerful members of Congress are starting to question the scoring system for the Race to the Top program. During a hearing of today of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees education spending, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., wen...

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