Letter says states have no ability to 'intercept' stabilization funds...and other good reads.

When you've got control over $100 billion, and 50 states to deal with, you're bound to get lots of questions and complaints about the money. Here's a sampling.

Several education department officials have strong connections to the Gates Foundation.

Steve Robinson, himself a former science educator, will be focusing on science, math, engineering, and technology issues.

Mark Sanford is asking the White House for the right to use stimulus money to pay down the state's school construction debt.

Urban superintendents and school board members who were in Washington this week got lots of face time with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Mike Smith says there are some weak arguments in favor of common standards.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he expects to issue a decision at the end of this month on whether to make any changes to the regulations that Margaret Spellings, his predecessor, issued last year.

Duncan said that states and districts should put formula funding and state stabilization money to good use if they want to be considered for Race to the Top and other competitive grant funding.

Tom Toch will be the executive director of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.

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