June 2010 Archives

The 16 members of the Southern Regional Education Board still lag in college enrollment and completion.

Gov. Chris Christie signs a budget that carves deeply into spending on public schools.

Beverly Perdue will emphasize college completion and career readiness as chair of SREB.

Seventeen states still await final approval for their share of $3.5 billion in federal school improvement funds.

Illinois education leaders set to vote on deep cuts to pre-K-12 programs.

Nineteen states await final approval for hundreds of millions of federal dollars targeted for school improvement efforts

Deborah Gist helps deliver a new statewide funding formula for public schools

Temporary schools chief has already said he will run to win a full, four-year term

Shawnee High School launches its turnaround plans under the federal School Improvement Grants program.

From guest blogger Alyson Klein: Alabama's Joe Morton isn't the only state chief looking ahead to the impact the BP oil spill may have on schools. Tom Burnham, the state superintendent of education in Mississippi, told me that he has already met with local superintendents in the Gulf Coast area and told them to carefully document any of their actions in response to the spill. Like Morton, Burnham is worried about a decline in state revenue, which could mean less funding for education. The oil hasn't made it to Mississippi's beaches yet, but it seems fewer folks are visiting the ...

The education secretary urged a select group of legislators from around the country to lobby hard for the administration's priorities and for the $23 billion education jobs package.

A New Jersey appeals court panel rules in favor of Gov. Chris Christie in the battle over his proposed funding cuts.

Races for schools chiefs in the two states won't be decided until November.

Today's primary outcome is seen as a referendum on influence of state's largest teachers' union.

David Brooks' column today in the New York Times is stirring up a lot of commentary in the education blogosphere and Twitterverse. I first saw Alexander Russo's tweet questioning whether we can trust that 23 states have changed laws in pursuit of Race to the Top dollars, as Brooks reports in his admiring piece on the Obama administration's education reform strategies. Naturally, his question piqued my curiosity. After reading the whole piece, though, two other assertions Brooks makes really jumped off the screen. This one first: "Over the past decades, federal education policy has veered between the incredibly intrusive to ...

Bret Schundler faces harsh criticism from Gov. Chris Christie over negotiations with state teachers' union.

This story in the St. Petersburg Times is certainly NOT good news for the architects of Florida's Race to the Top application. Florida, a strong contender in round one of the federal sweepstakes, fell short of winning in part because of the minuscule support that its application garnered from teacher unions. This time around, the state seemed to work extra hard to cultivate union buy-in—softening some of its proposals, especially around merit pay, to get those endorsements—only to have it revealed that some local unions have struck "side deals" that may be an escape valve from actually...

Michele's got the full list of states posted over at Politics K-12, so we can officially kick off our prognosticating on who the likely victors will be in Round 2 of the Race to the Top sweepstakes. It's certainly not going out on a limb to predict that strong finishers in Round One are likely to be competitive again: Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, and Rhode Island, for example. But let's consider what may happen with a couple of other, lower-profile applicants. First, the big boy: California. The state crashed and burned in its first crack at Race to the Top, finishing ...


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