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September 16, 2010

Race to the Top Winners Hit D.C.

Officials from the lucky dozen winners of the $4 billion Race to the Top competition met in Washington to hammer out their budgets and talk about implementations issues.

September 16, 2010

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Rips Race to the Top

The longtime Democratic mayor of Chicago says the Race to the Top competition should have rewarded Illinois and his city for their work improving schools.

September 14, 2010

UPDATED: Obama's Back-to-School Speech Big on Inspiration, Perspiration

The president's back-to-school speech in Philadelphia makes no mention of the controversy surrounding last year's address to students.

May 06, 2010

Was Race to the Top Authorized?

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the former director of the Institute of Education Sciences, argues in this Education Week commentary that the Obama administration's signature education policy program, the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, was not authorized by Congress. As a reporter who covere...

April 14, 2010

Congress Scores Race to the Top Scoring System

So now that the first round of winners have been announced, powerful members of Congress are starting to question the scoring system for the Race to the Top program. During a hearing of today of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees education spending, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., wen...

April 14, 2010

Duncan Calls on Congress to Pass Edu-Jobs Aid

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today officially called on Congress to pass a second round of funding to help states thwart layoffs and programmatic cuts. This is a big deal because, up to now, the administration hadn't officially asked for more education jobs money, even though the House passe...

March 03, 2010

Duncan Covers Familiar Territory in ESEA hearing

Sing along if you know the words: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sketched out his proposal for revising the Elementary and Secondary Act today before the House Education and Labor Committee. Not only were there no new specifics, there were very few new phrases from the secretary. On inc...

January 29, 2010

Duncan on Katrina: 'Best Thing' for New Orleans Schools

In an interview, the education secretary says that Hurricane Katrina allowed for a new, better school system in New Orleans.

December 03, 2009

Dodd and Duncan Stump on ESEA in Connecticut

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will up in the Nutmeg State this week talking about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—and hanging out with Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, who has a top spot on the Senate education committee. (He actually passed up a chance to become chairm...

November 03, 2009

Previewing Obama's Speech in Wisconsin

Race to the Top will be a key focus of tomorrow's speech, which will highlight Wisconsin's upcoming legislative vote to remove the "firewall" between student data and teacher evaluations.

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