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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.

March 15, 2012

School Districts Wary of Federal Funding Fight

An overwhelming majority of school districts don't think they'll be able to absorb a big, blunt federal funding cut headed their way if Congress can't reach a deal on long-term spending by January 2013, according to a survey released today by the American Association of School Administrators.

March 08, 2012

TFA, National Writing Project, New Teacher Center Snag New Fed Grants

Two programs that lost funding when Congress revised its rules on earmarks, Teach for America and the National Writing Project, will get some federal money after all, under a new $24.6 million competitive program.

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 13, 2012

Obama to Highlight Education in Budget Rollout

Obama is asking for $5 billion for a new competitive grant fund aimed at teacher quality, and an $850 million extension of his Race to the Top franchise. But major formula programs, such as Title I, would see flat funding, advocates say.

February 08, 2012

Budget Cheat Sheet: What to Watch

President Obama is expected to make some big asks on higher-education, including a Race to the Top for colleges, in his budget proposal, due out Monday.

February 07, 2012

What do Science, Football, Marshmallows, and Obama Have In Common?

President Obama hosts the 2nd White House science fair, and unveils some new STEM initiatives.

February 06, 2012

Congressmen Worry About Draft Pension Rules' Effect on Charters

Congressmen John Kline and Duncan Hunter ask the IRS to craft proposed pension rules in a way that does not prevent charter school employees from taking part in state retirement plans.

December 15, 2011

Budget Bill: Tiny Increase for Title I, Obama Ed. Programs Survive

Big priorities for President Barack Obama, including the administration's signature Race to the Top initiative, the Investing in Innovation grant program, and the School Improvement Grants, would continue.

December 12, 2011

Race to the Top Likely to Stick Around

Race to the Top will continue in fiscal year 2012, and for the first time it will include a district-level competition, sources say.

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