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February 10, 2012

SIG Program Promising Despite Bumpy First Year, Urban Districts Say

A majority of urban districts think SIG will make a difference in the long-run for schools that are struggling the most, according to a report released today by the Council of the Great City Schools, an organization in Washington which represents 65 of the nation's largest school districts.

February 02, 2012

Charter Advocates Claim Rules in Works Would Affect Pensions

Charter school advocates are worried about a notice of proposed rulemaking that they say could force states to ban charter school teachers from taking part in state retirement plans.

January 23, 2012

Ex-Ohio Schools' Chief Nominated to Key Federal K-12 Post

Deborah Delisle, who served as Ohio's superintendent of public instruction when the state won a Race to the Top grant, is being nominated by President Obama to serve as the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

January 20, 2012

In Big Setback for Race to Top, Hawaii Teachers Reject Contract

By a 2-1 margin, Hawaii's teachers rejected a contract that would have created a new teacher evaluation system in line with the state's Race to the Top promises, further jeopardizing the state's $75 million award.

January 18, 2012

A Conversation With Arne Duncan

Excerpts from an Education Week interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

January 18, 2012

Duncan: It's Time to Create Race to Top for Districts

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a wide-ranging interview, talked about a new Race to the Top for districts, his department's waiver plan, ESEA reauthorization, and his desire to stay on as secretary through a second term if Obama is re-elected.

January 10, 2012

Advocates, Policymakers Give Mixed Early Reviews to ESEA Draft

Generally speaking, groups that represent school officials see the draft as a good starting point. But advocates that look out for particular groups of children, such as students in special education, are really unhappy with the draft.

January 10, 2012

Big Race to Top Problems in Hawaii, Florida, N.Y., Says Ed. Dept.

The U.S. Department of Education found significant challenges in how Race to the Top is being implemented in Hawaii, New York, and Florida, according to progress reports released today.

January 09, 2012

Transparency Watch: How 'Public' is NCLB Waiver Judging?

The U.S. Department of Education is refusing to make public formal feedback letters it sent to the 11 states seeking waivers under No Child Left Behind.

December 23, 2011

7 Runners-Up Finally Share (Much Smaller) Race to Top Prize

Some states that narrowly missed out in last year's Race to the Top contest will split $200 million to fund small pieces of their original plans, the Education Department announces.

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