July 2010 Archives

A Look at the Landscape of Schools Slated for Turnaround

Sorry for the delay in bringing you more detail on that new, national database on schools identified as eligible for a piece of the $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants. Here is an analysis that Annenberg researchers and a new coalition called the Communities for Excellent Public Schools put together based on the more than 2,100 schools that states have slated for possible turnaround. The analysis also includes the entire lineup of the Tier I and Tier II low-performing schools that states have identified. A few key findings, most of which won't surprise anyone: Nationally, 81 ...

Nineteen Finalists for Race to Top, Round Two

Michele McNeil has the news over at Politics K-12. We managed to be pretty darn accurate on our picks, getting 17 of them right. Surprises? Arizona and Hawaii, though Patrick Riccards, aka eduflack, predicted Arizona might make the cut because it got help from the Gates Foundation to prepare its Round Two application....

Database on Schools Slated for Turnaround Coming Soon

More than 2,100 schools across the 50 states and the District of Columbia are identified as eligible for a piece of the $3.5 billion in school improvement money.

Race to Top Madness (Sort of) Strikes Again!

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce the state finalists for the $3.4 billion federal competition tomorrow.

Meg Whitman Uses Education to Court Latino Vote in Calif.

But schools remain largely off the radar screen in battle to become the state's next chief executive.

Governors or Superintendents: Who is Worth More?

New Jersey governor seeks to cap hefty school administrator salaries and raises questions about what the real value of superintendents ought to be.

Alabama Teachers Org. Helps Underdog Win GOP Runoff

The Alabama Education Association actively campaigned against the favored GOP candidate in the state's runoff election.

Will Parental Involvement Assuage Critics of Turnarounds?

Duncan proposes a change to ESEA draft to require parental and community involvement in school turnaround efforts.

Scrap Calif.'s Schools Chief Job, Gov. Schwarzenegger Says

The governor suggests that getting rid of the state chief's job would help streamline bureaucracy and save California money.

Second School Finance Lawsuit Hits California

For the second time in two months, education advocates sue California for its school finance system.

Transformation: Most Popular School Improvement Model

Based on a sample of five states, low-performing schools are overwhelmingly choosing the intervention first seen by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a last resort.

A Peek Inside Calif.'s Pursuit of School Improvement Grants

California had to revise and clarify its application for $416 million in Title I School Improvement Grants four times.

Dems. Seek to Force Texas Gov. to Spend Money on Schools

Congressional members want Texas Gov. Rick Perry to spend proposed new stimulus dollars to save education jobs and create new ones.

School Improvement Grants: How Many Charters are Eligible?

In some states, charters make up a significant portion of the schools that perform poorly enough to qualify for the Title I School Improvement Grants.

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