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May 18, 2009

Ed. Dept. to States: Stimulus Money Available! Act Now!

Of the 52 applications for the first round of state-stabilization money that need to be submitted, no fewer than 29 have yet to come in.

May 12, 2009

New Construction: Allowable under the Stimulus, but not Encouraged

The U.S. Department of Education is changing its tune on whether state stabilization fund money can—and should—be used to pay for new school construction.

May 12, 2009

First Inspector General Stimulus Audits Coming to a State Near You

The U.S. Department of Education has identified four states that can expect stimulus-related audits by its Office of Inspector General: California, Illinois, New York, and Texas.

May 11, 2009

Arne Duncan Focuses on the Lowest Performing Schools

The education secretary seems intent on seeing 5,000 of the nation's worst schools closed and reopened within five years.

April 28, 2009

Transparency Watch: ED's Lobbying Disclosures Now Online

Props to agency officials for the level of detail in their first report.

April 22, 2009

Duncan in the WSJ: Money as the Lever of Change

Education secretary Arne Duncan seems to be getting even tougher on states who may be playing financial shell games with their state stabilization fund money, declaring in an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal: "If they divert money intended for education to noneducational purposes, we may deny fu...

April 21, 2009

California is the First on the First Round

So California is the big winner in the 50-state-sweepstakes of who is first to get the initial round of state fiscal stabilization money. The Golden State's Prize: Nearly $4 billion in stimulus money for schools. Actually, there isn't much of a contest here. States have already gotten a portion o...

April 15, 2009

UPDATE Transparency Watch: South Dakota Gets a Gold Star (and Calif. too!)

Four states have submitted their stabilization fund applications to the feds, and only South Dakota puts their documents up prominently online.

April 09, 2009

Transparency Watch: Dead Ends Along the Money Trail

An early test of the claim for "unprecedented" levels of transparency in spending the stimulus funding shows there's a long way to go.

April 01, 2009

Conditions on Stimulus: Teacher Evaluation, Charter Caps, and More

The new stimulus guidance centers on what data must be collected under the conditions of accepting money from the state stabilization fund.

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