September 2011 Archives

Earlier this week, the U.S. Departments of Education and HHS released an FAQ for the Early Learning Challenge RTT application, which contains useful information for states seeking to compete for the grant. This section of the FAQ, though, struck me as exemplifying so many things that are currently wrong with our current dialogue on both early childhood and standards: E-3. How will peer reviewers evaluate the content of States' Early Learning and Development Standards submitted in response to selection criterion (C)(1)? Applicants are expected to submit their State Early Learning and Development Standards as part of their response ...


Keep an eye on this one: Florida Governor Rick Scott isn't typically thought of as an early childhood guy--he's better known in education circles for ending teacher tenure and his ties to Michelle Rhee. But apparently Scott really wants Florida to compete for an Early Learning Challenge Race to the Top Grant--and is bucking members of his own party to make that happen. Previously, Florida wasn't eligible to apply for the competitive grants--which award funding to states to build aligned early childhood systems--because it did not apply for funds from the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program ...


Lots of other people are writing about the education-related components of President Obama's job speech last night, so I'm not going to say any more about that. But I do wonder why no one ever seems to think it's important to include child care assistance in jobs proposals. Yeah, I know, this sounds like the typical "why didn't you include my pet program?" whining. And I'm not holding my breath expecting $55 billion in school construction and teacher jobs money to appear either. But: Childcare is a job issue. Parents who lose their childcare subsidies because of state funding cuts ...


Dana Goldstein often has insightful things to say about education, but I don't quite think this piece about co-located charter schools supports the point she thinks it does. Dana writes: Visiting only co-located public schools would bias any reporter against traditional public schools. Why? More successful neighborhood schools are better able to resist co-location with charters, both because they tend to be oversubscribed ... and because successful schools also tend to have more politically active and connected parents, teachers, and administrators, who are able to lobby against co-locations. Fair enough, lousy neighborhood schools are more likely than high-performing neighborhood schools to ...


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