I'm sure your Friday was spent sifting through the hundreds of comments submitted for the Race to the Top program. Now that you've digested those, check out these good reads: *Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican from Minnesota who knows his stuff when it comes to education, is being talked up as a 2012 presidential candidate. (Nope, it's not too early to be talking about that.) *The recession is forcing some teacher furloughs, despite the $100 billion in stimulus aid for schools. *Politico has more whether Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., will decide to step into the chairmanship of the Senate ...

Hundreds of good questions showcase just how difficult it is try to apply one set of criteria to 50 different states.

The deadline for comments on the Race to the Top guidance is rapidly approaching, so hurry up and get your critiques in. Then, if you haven't already, be sure to read my colleague Steve Sawchuk's story on NEA's comments. And, (almost) hot off the presses, four education redesign-oriented groups have teamed up on a list of Race to the Top comments. They include the Center for American Progress, Democrats for Education Reform, the Ed Trust, and the Education Equality Project. The groups recommend, among other ideas, that the Department of Education: *Ask states how K-12 dollars are distributed, not just ...

Everyone agrees that it will be a long time before there's another Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions chairman like the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. Folks described him as a passionate advocate for disadvantaged kids and marveled at his ability to bring disparate groups around the table. Still, the committee has a lot of business to tackle, including the reauthorizations of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. Someone will have to shepherd those measures through, and we'll likely find out who that will be soon. The smart money says it will ...

Proposed regulations for Title I school improvement grants would require districts to adopt one of four reform models.

It may be much harder to find common ground on education with the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

...all at the same time? Not really....

If you're enough of an education policy geek to read this blog regularly, you probably remember the Aspen Commission on the Future of No Child Left Behind, which ramped up in 2006 and was charged with devising a bipartisan set of recommendations for improving the law. At the helm were two former governors, Tommy Thompson, a Republican from Wisconsin, and Roy Barnes, a Democrat from Georgia. And leading the staff was Alex Nock, who is now a top aide for Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. Recommendations included providing states with incentives for ...

The Education Department will be posting an open letter seeking Race to the Top peer reviewers within days.

If the competition for a slice of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund were a K-12 class, Colorado would be the kid in front, furiously taking notes, and leaping up to answer every question.

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