Two Georgia gubernatorial candidates were accused of sexual misconduct with students.


June 1—the deadline for states to submit applications for round two of the Race to the Top competition—is less than three months away, and governors who want their states to take another shot at a piece of the $4 billion in federal grants are hoping for more time to refine their applications that fell short in round one. Nine governors—California's Arnold Schwarzenegger, Connecticut's M. Jodi Rell, Kansas' Mark Parkinson, New Hampshire's John H. Lynch, Oklahoma's Brad Henry, Oregon's Theodore M. Kulongski, South Dakota's M. Michael Rounds, Virginia's Robert McDonnell, and West Virginia's Joe Manchin III—sent a...


California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's team has formally responded to allegations raised by two groups of education officials and community organizations that could be holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in federal economic-stimulus money for the state's public schools. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education asked the governor's team to address the accusations that Mr. Schwarzenegger used accounting tricks in his proposed K-12 budget to give the appearance that the state will meet the required maintenance of effort provision in the federal stimulus law. Maintaining a minimum funding level for K-12 is a condition for states to receive ...


Two down. Fourteen more to go. South Carolina and Florida were the first Race to the Top finalists to make presentations to judges this morning at the U.S. Department of Education. In a post-game call with a few reporters, Jim Rex, South Carolina's schools chief, said the 90-minute session was "comprehensive and rigorous," with lots of detailed questions and requests for clarification from the reviewers hearing the state's pitch for a share of the $4 billion in economic-stimulus grants. Confidentiality agreements kept Mr. Rex from disclosing any specific queries that came from the judges. The superintendent said the judges ...


There's less than a week to go until the 16 states in contention for a piece of the $4 billion in Race to the Top prize money come to Washington to make their live pitches to a panel of judges, and some of those finalists are polishing their presentations with the help of the Aspen Institute. The stakes are high for the finalists, especially since each scored above 400 points on a 500-point grading scale for the voluminous applications they submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said last week that any of the ...


Education Department responds to allegations raised by educators and community groups about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget for K-12 public schools.


The state department of education will unveil nearly 200 schools identified as among California's lowest-achieving campuses.


The Sweet Sixteen—15 states and the District of Columbia —are the obvious winners in moving one step closer to claiming a piece of the $4 billion Race to the Top prize. But there are behind-the-scenes victors in this big elimination round, too. Let's call them the Shadow Finalists. One of the biggies is the Boston-based Mass Insight Education and Research Institute. All six states that Mass Insight has partnered with to use its strategies for turning around low-performing schools are finalists. Is that coincidence? Or was that a feature of each state's application that stood out to the Race...


Fifteen states and the District of Columbia survived the first elimination round and will bring their game to Washington later this month to compete for a piece of the $4 billion economic-stimulus prize. In our predictions earlier this week, Michele and I were right about eight of the finalists. Two of our picks, Indiana and Minnesota, didn't make the cut at all. Three of our wild card picks—North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia—made the finalist list. And we came up woefully short by leaving out Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, and New York....


In less than 24 hours, we should finally know which states will land those coveted finalist spots in Round One of the $4 billion Race to the Top contest. While we wait for the big news, I've been combing again through the applications of those states that most folks agree are likely finalists. And while reviewing Tennessee's application again, I came across a tidbit that I'd missed before: a statement of support from all seven declared candidates for governor, three of them Democrats, four of them Republicans. (See page A-34 for the text of the letter.) That's a savvy move, ...


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