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April 27, 2012

Return of the Friday Reading List: Obama, Romney, and Algebra

Welcome back to the Friday reading list. If you haven't already, check out these good reads.

April 24, 2012

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Common Core

Is right here in this must-read Education Week special report.

April 20, 2012

'Secret Meeting' in South Carolina Held to Quash ESEA Waiver

South Carolina Superintendent Mick Zais said he walked into a meeting he wasn't invited to where U.S. Rep. James Clyburn and former South Carolina Governor Richard Riley were at work convincing Education Secretary Arne Duncan not to approved the state's waiver.

April 11, 2012

GAO Criticizes Ed. Dept. On School Improvement Grant Program

ED needs to do a better job of making sure that the performance of contractors hired through the School Improvement Grant program is reviewed, and of making sure states have the information they need to make grant renewal decisions.

March 28, 2012

Duncan Defends Waivers, Competitive Grants to Congress

The clash between the Obama administration's support for Race to the Top and other grant programs, and folks in Congress who want bigger investments in funding for special education and disadvantaged students, is not going away anytime soon.

March 26, 2012

State Chiefs to Duncan: Don't 'Undermine' Us With District Waivers

State education chiefs told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan they oppose the idea of federal officials bypassing states and working directly with districts on No Child Left Behind Act flexibility.

March 26, 2012

Ed. Dept. to Split Race to Top Money Between Districts, Early Ed.

The U.S. Department of Education will use $550 million to run two Race to the Top competitions, but important details are still to be worked out.

March 19, 2012

Early SIG Data Looks Promising, Duncan Says

The department has begun crunching data for about 700 of the roughly 850 schools that entered the program back in the 2010-11 school year.

February 15, 2012

Duncan Champions New Teacher Quality Fund

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to pump up the administration's proposal for a brand new $5 billion competitive grant program to get states and districts to work with teachers, unions, education schools and others to totally retool the teaching profession.

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.

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