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August 04, 2009

Poll: Will Race to the Top Change State Data Laws?

Now that U.S. Department of Education has made it clear that states must tear down their data firewalls in order to get a piece of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund, do you think California and New York will change their laws to be eligible?Yes, both will No, neither of them willPossibly one or...

August 03, 2009

Just Because the Ed. Dept. Speeds Up Stimulus Funding...

...doesn't mean states and school districts will spend their money faster. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it is releasing nearly $11.4 billion in Title I, special education, and vocational rehabilitation funding a month early to "help save jobs and drive reform," according t...

July 29, 2009

The Obama Administration's Love-Hate Relationship With Calif.

President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have criticized California for its data "firewall," but singled out a Golden State district for its good use of data.

July 27, 2009

Unanswered Race to the Top Questions

Do rural states have a shot at the money? Who will judge the applications? What if the governor refuses to sign on?

July 24, 2009

Obama Himself Approved Data-Firewall Absolute

The decision to make states ineligible for grants if they don't permit the use of student achievement data for evaluating teachers went all the way to the Oval Office.

July 24, 2009

Ed. Dept. Clarifies 'Assurances' for Round 2 Stimulus Funding

There are new proposed requirements on how states should show progress toward those four education-improvement areas spelled out in the stimulus law.

July 24, 2009

Friday Reading List: The All Race to the Top Edition

The most talked about, written about, and speculated about part of the stimulus, the $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund, is getting top billing across the edu-blogsphere today.

July 23, 2009

The Race to the Top Is On

The Education Department has unveiled criteria for deciding who will get a slice of the $4 billion Race to the Top fund.

July 23, 2009

Race to the Top Application Details: Coming Soon?

The word on the street (and by street, I mean twitter) is that the Race to the Top application process is going to be announced as soon as tomorrow. (The folks at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a think-tank in Washington, are saying it outright.) The $4.35 billion Race to the Top program, which w...

July 22, 2009

History Lessons Offer Caution on Stimulus Spending

The Education Department's Office of Inspector General looked for patterns in its investigations since 2002 and found pervasive problems with spending federal money.

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