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March 23, 2015

Low-Performing Wash. School Jumps to Top 50 Percent With Longer Days, Year

A Washington State elementary school that made dramatic learning gains and credited its success in part to a federal school improvement grant that enabled it to expand the school day and year is trying to keep the momentum going now that the money has run out.

January 13, 2015

Schools With Federal Grants Want Local Control to Meet Expanded Learning Goals

Expanded learning time means something different to every school and district, and a new study from the Center on Education Policy finds that, given the flexibility to implement ELT based on local needs, priorities, and resources, school officials are more inclined to develop innovative ways of improving student achievement and teaching instruction.

October 07, 2014

Ed. Dept. Churn Brings New Faces to Key Initiatives

Many of the folks originally in charge of major initiatives, including Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and School Improvement Grants, have left the building.

October 01, 2014

Arne Duncan Doles Out Grants to Help Train Turnaround Leaders

The U.S. Department of Education is giving twelve districts, states, organizations, or post-secondary institutions $20 million total to develop turnaround leaders.

September 29, 2014

Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List: What's Done? What's Next?

The Education Department still needs to tackle teacher preparation regulations and outline criteria for judging assessments.

September 15, 2014

Extended Learning Time Highlighted in Draft Changes to SIG Program

Extended learning time is given a stronger focus in the new School Improvement Grant draft regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Education.

September 09, 2014

School Improvement Means What Works Clearinghouse Is About to Get a Lot Busier

How many potential "whole school" reforms under the new federal school improvement grant rules will meet the What Works Clearinghouse's high standards for evidence?

July 29, 2014

Race to the Top Is Five Years Old, But Did It Actually Improve Student Achievement?

At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.

May 20, 2013

Alabama Gov. Questions School Choice Bill He Signed, Seeks Delay, Fails

A push by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, to delay a recently signed school-choice plan by two years fell short among lawmakers.

March 04, 2013

Alabama's GOP-Backed School Choice Plan Hits Snag in Court

The Alabama legislature passed a new school choice program that outraged Democrats claim is an underhanded political move.

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