Tennessee is among the select group of states that experts believe has a good shot at snagging some Race to the Top money in Round One of the federal competition for $4 billion in economic-stimulus grants. For starters, Tennessee is one of the few states that has pledged to create evaluations that will make student achievement worth at least 50 percent of a teacher's annual rating. One caveat, however, is that only 35 percent will actually be based on growth in students' scores on standardized tests. The remaining 15 percent will be based on "other" measures of student performance that ...

One of Gov. Bobby Jindal's appointees to Louisiana's board of education abruptly resigned yesterday in protest over what she says is a troubling federal influence on the state's K-12 policies. In her resignation letter to the Republican governor, Tammie McDaniel wrote that by serving on the board she was "complicit in supporting federal policies that I genuinely oppose," according to the Associated Press. Her resignation signals a growing chorus of state officials who are publicly expressing their disenchantment with the K-12 initiatives of the Obama administration. Louisiana's public schools, led by state Superintendent Paul G. Pastorek, are widely viewed as ...

So far, none of the 11 states that prohibit charters have changed their laws despite the lure of federal Race to the Top funds.

Gov. Bob McDonnell will promote expansion of the state's tiny charter school sector.

The Show-Me State will reorganize its state department of education under its Race to the Top reform plan.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger loses his fourth education secretary in six years with resignation of Glen W. Thomas.

Education Commissioner David Steiner writes that the Empire State has an urgent need for Race to the Top funds.

The state's top education official will have veto-like power over school turnaround efforts that she judges to be weak.

A National Conference of State Legislatures task force on education issues a new report that criticizes the federal government's role in dictating K-12 education policy.

The National Council on Teacher Quality's annual report finds most states' teacher policies flawed.


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