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September 17, 2014

Q&A: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Talks Waivers, Competitive Grants

In a wide-ranging interview during his recent back-to-school bus tour, the education secretary discussed a variety of topics and highlighted some of his top priorities.

July 31, 2014

What Happens on K-12 Policy if Republicans Take Over the U.S. Senate?

The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.

July 29, 2014

Race to the Top Is Five Years Old, But Did It Actually Improve Student Achievement?

At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.

July 17, 2014

Some Race to Top States Tinker With Teacher Evaluations

Several Race to the Top states are tweaking their implementation of new teacher-evaluation policies adopted as part of the promises made in their applications.

July 15, 2014

Playing Politics at Teachers' Union Conventions

The two national teachers' unions played some serious politics during their recent annual conferences, including calling for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

June 23, 2014

How Much Leverage Does Arne Duncan Still Have Over Race to the Top States?

It's a timely question, given that there's been a lot of action in Race to the Top states over the last week that could spark big changes to states' overall plans.

June 18, 2014

Teacher Evaluation Changes Could Cost New York a Slice of Its Race to the Top Grant

The Empire State could lose nearly $300 million if the state follows through on a proposal to put off incorporating test scores from common-core-aligned exams in teacher evaluation.

June 13, 2014

Some Race to the Top 'Silver Medal' Winners Behind on Promises

Three of the four states that won second-round Race to the Top grants seem to be sailing along, while four other states have seen more significant delays and course-corrections.

June 12, 2014

Delay in Education Appropriations Process Angers Republicans

The Senate committee responsible for funding education has postponed the markup up of its federal fiscal 2015 spending bill, and Republicans are angry.

April 23, 2014

A Guide to the Many Phases and Faces of Race to the Top

Race to the Top started out as a competition among states who agreed to embrace certain K-12 education redesign principles—but it didn't stay that way.

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