You would be hard-pressed to find this important group mentioned in Education Department's proposed criteria.

Jim Shelton, the Education Department's assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, who will be spearheading the process for doling out $650 million in Investing in Innovation grants to be made available under the economic-stimulus package, gave state and local officials a clearer picture of what he's looking for on a conference call today. The official word on the Innovation grants isn't available yet. But Shelton, in a call with other top Education Department officials, said the department would be looking at student graduation, student matriculation, and student achievement in doling out the grants. And he said the department also ...

The Chicago Board of Education has been subpoenaed in a federal investigation...but ex-CPS chief Arne Duncan has not.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to weigh in on the dispute over California's "fire wall" restricting the use of student achievement data in teacher evaluations.

Now that U.S. Department of Education has made it clear that states must tear down their data firewalls in order to get a piece of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund, do you think California and New York will change their laws to be eligible?Yes, both will No, neither of them willPossibly one or the other willNo, they don't really need to because New York's law sunsets in 2010, and California's districts can still link teacher-and-student data, even if the state can'tugg boots uk...

...doesn't mean states and school districts will spend their money faster. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it is releasing nearly $11.4 billion in Title I, special education, and vocational rehabilitation funding a month early to "help save jobs and drive reform," according to a press release. Rather than getting these stimulus funds at the end of September, states and school districts will have access to the money around Sept. 1. But as we've written before, states have been slow to draw down their allocations. As of July 24, states had only drawn down about 22 ...

The six senators face an uphill climb in their bid to save the program.

The full Senate Appropriations Committee today voted down an effort to increase funding for the Teacher Incentive Fund by an extra $100 million in the bill funding the U.S. Department of Education in fiscal 2010.

Education has been on the national stage plenty lately. (In fact, Politics K-12's own Michele McNeil talked about the $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund on National Public Radio's "To the Point" just yesterday.) But, we haven't heard much about the law that has dominated education policy for going on nine years now: No Child Left Behind. For those who need a quick review: The bill was scheduled to be reauthorized back in 2007, but Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, ran into a brick wall when he took a crack ...

President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have criticized California for its data "firewall," but singled out a Golden State district for its good use of data.

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