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August 13, 2014

Preschool Grant Competition Aims to Expand Access to Early Learning

The $240 million grant program has separate tracks for states just getting off the ground with preschool, and for states that already have robust programs.

August 12, 2014

What's the Plan for Examining Whether Investing in Innovation Worked?

The Obama administration's signature i3 program, which helped districts scale up promising practices, was supposed to be all about helping pinpoint evidence-based strategies to improve achievement.

July 31, 2014

What Happens on K-12 Policy if Republicans Take Over the U.S. Senate?

The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.

July 30, 2014

RHSU Flashback: Racing to the Jargon

Last week's fifth anniversary of Race to the Top left me nostalgic for its glorious early days, when everyone kept telling me what an unprecedented game-changer RTT was. I wasn't sold then (a lonely stance), and am even less convinced now (no longer such a lonely stance). Anyway, I thought it might be fun to revisit the RHSU I penned on March 5, 2010, the day after Secretary Duncan giddily named the Round 1 RTT finalists.

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.

July 28, 2014

3 Lessons Learned From Race to the Top

Stephanie Hirsh considers the federal Race to the Top initiative and how it may advance stakeholders' understanding of and support for effective professional learning.

July 24, 2014

Race to the Top, Wasn't

We've just marked the fifth anniversary of Race to the Top, the Obama administration's signature education initiative. When launched, the $4.35 billion competition drew bipartisan cheers and was lauded as an example of getting school reform right. Five years on, I see it more as a monument to paper promises, bureaucratic ineptitude, and federal overreach.

July 17, 2014

Some Race to Top States Tinker With Teacher Evaluations

Several Race to the Top states are tweaking their implementation of new teacher-evaluation policies adopted as part of the promises made in their applications.

July 15, 2014

Playing Politics at Teachers' Union Conventions

The two national teachers' unions played some serious politics during their recent annual conferences, including calling for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

June 23, 2014

How Much Leverage Does Arne Duncan Still Have Over Race to the Top States?

It's a timely question, given that there's been a lot of action in Race to the Top states over the last week that could spark big changes to states' overall plans.

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