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November 30, 2011

Poor Schools Shortchanged on Funding, Ed. Dept. Says

Nearly half of all high-poverty schools, including schools that get Title I money, fell at least 10 percent short on state and local aid compared with the average school in their district, a study of 13,000 districts found.

November 16, 2011

Ed. Dept. Made Key Scoring Change in Latest 'i3' Round

The U.S. Department of Education did not standardize scores to determine this year's winners of the Investing in Innovation competition, an important change over last year.

November 10, 2011

Another Official in Safe, Drug-Free Schools Office Steps Down

Before there ever was an official Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the federal Department of Education, Bill Modzeleski was running it.

November 10, 2011

Grantees Picked in Round Two of Investing in Innovation Contest

The Education Department has selected 23 finalists in line for a slice of $150 million in federal innovation dollars, but each must secure a private match to receive the award.

August 29, 2011

587 Applicants Vie for Smaller Round of i3 Grants

Nearly 600 school districts, nonprofits, and groups of schools applied by the Aug. 2 deadline for the second round of the Investing in Innovation grant competition, worth $150 million this year.

August 24, 2011

ED Offers SIG Schools Extra Time for Teacher Evaluation Systems

The U.S. Department of Education has quietly invited states and schools using the most popular of four school improvement models to apply for some extra time to figure out the trickiest component of the federal turnaround strategy.

July 20, 2011

Nearly 1,400 Plan to Apply for Latest Round of 'i3'

Last year, when the Investing in Innovation pot was bigger, 1,600 applicants competed for $650 million. This year, with $150 million up for grabs, nearly 1,400 are likely to apply.

July 18, 2011

Thelma Melendez Leaves Education Department

Thelma Melendez, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, is leaving to take the helm of the Santa Ana school district in Orange County, Calif.

June 29, 2011

Investing in Innovation: How to Win in 2011

Three winners from last year's Investing in Innovation program shared insight into how they crafted a successful application.

June 22, 2011

School Turnarounds Get New Emphasis Within Ed. Dept.

The U.S. Department of Education is creating a new office to focus on school turnaround efforts.

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