The Education Secretary is warning once again that states' hostility to charter schools could put them at a "competitive disadvantage" in securing Race to the Top money.

The cover letter to Gov. Sanford's application for stabilization funds, signed "under duress," is worth a read.

The Education Secretary took states to task for enacting laws barring student test scores from being used in teacher-evaluation decisions.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday, in grand fashion, (meaning not just through a press release, but a site visit as well), that it was granting New Jersey's application for state fiscal stabilization funds. This comes despite the protests of advocacy groups, which have numerous problems with the application itself, and the education department's whole stimulus process. Apparently, their arguments didn't work....

The blogsphere reacts with a healthy dose of skepticism and realism to the news that 46 states want to adopt the same set of academic standards.

It’s official. South Carolina can now get a boatload of federal aid. The state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Republican Gov. Mark Sanford must apply for the money, some $700 million, largely designated for education under the economic-stimulus law.

The colorful charter school founder offered members of Congress some unconventional notions about how the feds can help the cause.

As part of the Obama administration's larger effort to help communities affected by the near-collapse of the U.S. auto industry, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is doing his part. He announced today in Milwaukee a new competitive grant program to help develop more community college programs to help people, especially those hurt by the auto industry's decline. Don't expect this new program to have a big impact though—the total funding is only $7 million. Grants are likely to range from $300,000 to $700,000. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the some $100 billion in education ...

A key House lawmaker voiced concern about proposed shifts in Title I funding and a big boost to the Teacher Incentive Fund.

A key senator told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this morning that he’s not a fan of the Obama administration’s proposal to shift $1 billion out of Title I grants for districts into the separate Title I school improvement program.

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