Bill White, Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Rick Perry, accuses the incumbent of downplaying the state's dropout problem.

Education Department posts videos of Race to Top finalists' presentations.

Students displaced by Hurricane Katrina make steady academic progress, the Texas Education Agency reports

State EdWatch is returning after several days off, so to get myself caught up, I went looking for local stories about the losing states in round one of Race to the Top and what sort of reflection and cost-benefit analysis they are doing as they decide whether to bother with round two. The June 1 deadline is already fast approaching. California is sounding awfully ambivalent at this point. And it probably doesn't help matters that Rick Miller, a top deputy in the state department of education and an important player in crafting the state's round one application, recently left his ...

Delaware wowed the judges, while New York and Ohio lost points.

Tennessee and Delaware, according to Michele McNeil who heard from an official who has been briefed on the winners. Stay tuned to Politics K-12 for more details. And let the carping and Monday-morning-quarterbacking begin. Are these the right winners? Did Arne Duncan live up to his repeated pledges that Race to the Top would have a "high, high bar?" What happened to Florida, the state that folks overwhelmingly agreed was a shoo-in? Or the other favorite state, Louisiana? Ok, it's time to hit the phones to bring you more reaction and analysis. Check this space later today for more. UPDATE: ...

Andy Smarick, an education stimulus watchdog, offers his latest take on the $4 billion school reform sweepstakes.

From my notebook: I've got a few leftovers from my day with the state school chiefs' legislative meeting in Washington that didn't make my Ed Week story. First, let me just say how much I appreciate the candor of the chiefs. They don't speak in scripted sound bites or repeat the same talking points. They talk real world stuff. How refreshing. Now to the good stuff, most of which comes from the chiefs' roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Best hint of the day that Louisiana will be a round one winner in Race to the Top: ...

At the annual Washington gathering of the Council of Chief State School Officers this morning, Mark K. McQuillan, Connecticut's education commissioner, told two Obama administration officials he's worried that the $4 billion Race to the Top competition could result in "bad policy." During a session on the administration's proposed fiscal 2011 budget for education with Roberto Rodriguez, from the White House's Domestic Policy Council, and Robert Gordon, from the Office of Management and Budget, Mr. McQuillan raised the issue with the high-stakes Race to the Top competition. Connecticut applied in round one of the competition, but was not chosen as ...

Connecticut's students are constitutionally guaranteed the right to a college- and career-ready education, the state's Supreme Court ruled today, opening the path to a lawsuit that may change the state's funding formula.


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