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January 16, 2015

Teacher Leadership Drives Successful Turnaround

For years, I've been skeptical about federal policy relating to school improvement grants requiring the use of certain school turnaround models. Recently, I visited a high school that has me checking my assumptions after seeing the success of their turnaround effort.

January 14, 2015

Arne Duncan Asked Failing Schools to Add Instructional Time; Did It Help?

Adding extra time to the day or year is a lot easier said than done, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center on Education Policy

December 15, 2014

Congress Tweaks School Improvement Grants, i3 in Spending Bill

Lawmakers want the School Improvement Grant program to be more flexible for states. And they want to see the Investing in Innovation grant program focused on high schools.

October 28, 2014

How Well Did Schools Implement School Improvement Grants?

None of the low-performing schools participating in an IES survey took all the steps they were encouraged to take.

October 09, 2014

Ed. Dept.'s Plan for Remaking Turnaround Grants Not Flexible, Educators Say

The Obama administration's plan for revamping the School Improvement Grant program doesn't give states and districts enough flexibility in coming up with ways to turn around low-performing schools, advocates say.

October 08, 2014

Feds Seek More User-Friendly K-12 Environment for States With New Office

The U.S. Department of Education's new Office of State Support will be housed within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

September 05, 2014

Education Department Proposes Big Changes to School Improvement Grant Program

Floundering schools that receive federal turnaround dollars would get some new options for using the money under draft guidance slated to be published in the federal register Monday.

June 18, 2014

Five Items on Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List

From state assessments and school turnarounds to teacher equity, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and company won't get much time to kick back and work on their tans.

June 16, 2014

In Federal-State Relations on Education Policy, Should Locals Get Priority?

A June 13 panel of education officials and analysts agreed that empowering local officials to create their own solutions is often the best approach.

April 24, 2014

State Ed. Departments Should Scale Back, Involve Outside Groups, Report Says

State education agencies need to delegate more responsibilities to outside groups and slim down in light of past failures, a new report states.

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