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 ...

While most of the debate centers on how to overhaul low-performing schools, there is no common definition on what constitutes a turned-around school.

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk Citing Gov. Charlie Crist's veto of a bill that would have linked test scores to teacher pay and evaluation in the Sunshine State, the Florida Education Association has endorsed the governor, now an independent, for the upcoming Senate Race. Details over at Teacher Beat....

A second lawsuit challenging California's K-12 finance system is coming down the pike.

KIPP officials say they will not take on any low-performing schools slated for turn around in 2010-11.


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