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August 11, 2009

A 'Lockbox' Around Stimulus Reforms?

Detroit Public Schools' teacher union president raises the idea that his district needs to protect any education reforms that stem from its state financial takeover from being changed by future district leaders. Can the same idea be applied to stimulus reforms?

August 11, 2009

Race to the Top Application: Huge Time Thief?

It's going to take 642 hours for each state to complete the applications, the Education Department estimates.

August 06, 2009

Has Ed. Dept. Dissed State Legislators in Race to the Top?

You would be hard-pressed to find this important group mentioned in Education Department's proposed criteria.

August 05, 2009

More Innovation Fund Details

Jim Shelton, the Education Department's assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, who will be spearheading the process for doling out $650 million in Investing in Innovation grants to be made available under the economic-stimulus package, gave state and local officials a clearer pi...

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.

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