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April 18, 2012

Obama Administration Seeks to Remake Career-Tech Programs

The largest federal program for high schools, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education program, would get a major makeover under a proposal that advocates expect the Obama administration to unveil Thursday.

April 18, 2012

States' Waivers Weak on Extended Learning Time, Report Says

Most of the dozen states that have already gotten waivers don't have very good plans in place when it comes to a key piece of the U.S. Department of Education's requirements for turning around low-performing schools: extending learning time.

March 27, 2012

Got an Innovative Idea? Third Round of i3 Contest Starts Now

Applications for the $150 million Investing in Innovation contest are due to the U.S. Department of Education by May 29.

March 26, 2012

Florida and Hawaii Get Dinged Again for Race to Top Woes

While Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, and New York get some high marks for Race to the Top progress, Florida and Hawaii still flounder, a new Center for American Progress report says.

March 08, 2012

TFA, National Writing Project, New Teacher Center Snag New Fed Grants

Two programs that lost funding when Congress revised its rules on earmarks, Teach for America and the National Writing Project, will get some federal money after all, under a new $24.6 million competitive program.

February 24, 2012

Next Innovation Contest Begins With Pre-Screening Process

Districts, schools, and nonprofits that want a shot at a $3 million "development" grant under the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation competition must complete a pre-application by April 9.

January 23, 2012

Ex-Ohio Schools' Chief Nominated to Key Federal K-12 Post

Deborah Delisle, who served as Ohio's superintendent of public instruction when the state won a Race to the Top grant, is being nominated by President Obama to serve as the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

December 29, 2011

From State of the Union to Pizza as a Vegetable...A Year in Review

Many of the big events involved the push to reauthorize ESEA, the recognition that the legislation was indeed going nowhere, and finally the acknowledgment that the accountability landscape would temporarily but significantly change as the Obama administration granted waivers under No Child Left Behind.

December 23, 2011

7 Runners-Up Finally Share (Much Smaller) Race to Top Prize

Some states that narrowly missed out in last year's Race to the Top contest will split $200 million to fund small pieces of their original plans, the Education Department announces.

December 20, 2011

i3 Winners Meet Deadline to Raise $18 Million in Private Funds

The 23 winners of this year's Investing in Innovation program can now start implementing their programs after meeting the deadline to secure up to 15 percent in private, matching funds.

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