June 2011 Archives

Suzanne Mettler's current Washington Monthly article about the "submerged welfare state" is getting a lot of attention, particularly for this chart showing that a huge percentage of people who have benefited from government-subsidized social and education programs don't actually realize that they've benefited from government subsidies. It's pretty striking, but even more striking, to me, is that I'm pretty sure that somewhere around 90% of the people who responded to Mettler's survey probably attended public school at some point in their lives--something so taken for granted it didn't even register in Mettler's mind as an example of a government program, ...


Republican legislative and gubernatorial wins in last November's election have led to a surge in voucher-related legislative activity, including the re-launch of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, a new voucher program in Indiana, and proposals to expand Wisconsin's existing voucher programs and create new ones in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But, as Mary Anne Zehr reports in this week's Education Week, the political and policy successes of voucher advocates are showing up one of the biggest practical problems with vouchers: There are real limits on the number of high-quality private school seats available. As long as vouchers remain small, ...


I've already voiced a considerable amount of skepticism and concern this week as regards the new Early Learning Challenge program under Race to the Top, but my biggest concern about this program isn't about the program itself--it's about the peer reviewers. In the wake of Race to the Top and i3, there's been enough [digital] ink spilled on the challenges of ensuring quality, unbiased review in competitive federal grant programs that I don't need to say any more about that now. But if you thought that Race to the Top and i3 posed scoring challenges, you ain't seen nothing yet. ...


If I were a foundation that had invested significant funding in early childhood education over the past decade, I can tell you exactly what I'd be doing right now. I'd be offering grants to states to help them plan for and write their applications for the federal Early Learning Challenge competition under RTT. During the original Race to the Top competition, the Gates Foundation famously made grants of up to $250,000 to states--originally just 15 states, then all of them--to support their work developing RTT plans and writing their applications. These funds, and how states used them, ultimately had ...


DFER's Charlie Barone has written a really phenomenal post on the ESEA waivers issue and broader state of play on NCLB (seriously, if you haven't read it yet, click here and don't return until you have). But in addition to his excellent points on those issues, Charlie's post also helps frame why I have very mixed feelings about the new RTT Early Learning Challenge Program. Charlie writes: Likewise, on Race to the Top, at the beginning of their terms in 2009 President Obama and Secretary Duncan knew and made clear what they wanted states to do: repeal state laws that ...


Per the previous post, I'm really curious about who, of the organizations that applied for but did not win i3 grants last year, is going to take another shot this year. Due to the very high number of applicants last year, there were a number of really excellent applications that did not get funded*, and I think a fair amount of surprise and disappointment in some circles that the Department chose to hold a new competition this year, rather than "fund down the slate" of last year's almost-winners. So here's a question for readers: If you/your organization was involved ...


The Department of Education chose to release the new i3 competition notice of applications on Friday, so I'm just getting around to looking at them today. A few big changes from last year worth noting: Smaller maximum awards: Given the smaller overall pot of funds ($150 million this year, compared to $650 million last year), this is not surprising. The maximum award for scale-up grants is $25 million; for validation $15 million; for development $3 million. In addition to the previous limitation that a grantee could not receive more than two awards in a single year, the Department has added ...


Interesting new report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center looks at how families with young children are using and dealing with media. It's a great look at how (and how much) parents use media with their kids, what kinds of technology kids are using and have access to, what parents think about kids and technology, they types of rules and protections they put in place around kids' media use, and parents' concerns. One key issue the report flags is a lack of quality information in the market to help parents gauge the value and quality of the growing proliferation of ...


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