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March 26, 2014

'Promise Zone' Projects Could Get a Leg Up in Ed. Dept. Grant Competitions

The U.S. Department of Education is planning to give applicants a leg-up in competitive grant programs if their proposals mesh with the goals of the Obama administration's interdepartmental "Promise Zone" initiative, which is aimed at helping revitalize high-poverty communities.

March 13, 2014

Ed. Dept.'s $135 Million Investing in Innovation Contest Starts Next Week

Pre-applications for development grants will be due April 14. More contest rules will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education later this spring.

February 25, 2014

New Student Privacy Guidelines Try to Address Third-Party Vendors' Data Use

New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education focuses on making sense of federal laws and implementing best practices to better protect students' data privacy.

February 14, 2014

New SIG Analysis Yields Same Old Conclusion: Mixed Results

Overall, the new data showed that roughly two-thirds of School Improvement Grant schools improved in reading or math, and another third declined.

February 07, 2014

GAO: Half of Nearly $1 Billion in i3 Funds Being Spent on Professional Development

Sixty-two of 92 Investing in Innovation projects awarded in 2010 through 2012 use teacher and principal professional development as a key strategy, the Government Accountability Office found.

January 30, 2014

$100 Million High School-Redesign Competition Nets 275 Applications

The U.S. Department of Labor's new Youth CareerConnect grants, which will range from $2 million to $7 million, will be awarded in the spring.

January 23, 2014

Legalizing Marijuana: Will the Education Department Change its Anti-Drug Policy?

A department spokeswoman would not comment on whether marijuana legalization efforts will change the messaging or policy for its drug prevention programs.

January 09, 2014

What Exactly Do Obama's Zones Have to Do With Education, Anyway?

San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma are all part of a great big Obama administration interagency collaboration known as the "Promise Zone" initiative.

January 08, 2014

How Much Extra Help Are SIG Schools Getting from States and Districts?

A new report by an independent evaluator, calls into question whether SIG schools are really getting assistance that's very different from schools that aren't part of the School Improvement Grant program.

December 18, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Still Not an Awesome Place to Work

But Education Department employees are slowly giving the agency higher marks for providing effective leadership and fostering teamwork, according to new rankings from the Partnership for Public Service.

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