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June 18, 2009

Duncan (Gently) Threatens Pennsylvania Over Stimulus Funds

The AP's Libby Quaid has an interesting story about how Education Secretary Arne Duncan has put in writing a threat we've heard before: that if states play shell games with the economic-stimulus money intended to help stabilize their budgets, they may be at a competitive disadvantage when it comes t...

June 18, 2009

Texas Democrats Not Happy About Stimulus Shell Games

Texas Democrats are fighting what's perhaps a noble, albeit losing, battle over State Fiscal Stabilization Fund money that's designed to help prop up states' K-12 education budgets. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and fellow Republicans have figured out, like a lot of other states, that even if you don't rea...

June 16, 2009

Sen. Coburn's 100 Top Wasteful Stimulus Projects Include School Spending

The Republican singles out a Rhode Island school's new skate park, a Wisconsin district's school lunch equipment, and Detroit Public Schools in general for questionable stimulus spending.

June 15, 2009

Deadlines Announced for Race to the Top Grants

Applications from states will be due in December and June.

June 14, 2009

Duncan Offers $350 million in Stimulus Money for New Tests

The Race to the Top Fund is now down to $4 billion for states.

June 11, 2009

More on State Data Laws and the Stimulus

As we mentioned yesterday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is talking tough about the need for state data systems to include some sort of indicator that can be used to tie teachers to their students' performance. Who knows whether it will happen in California, Duncan's new poster child for the ...

June 08, 2009

The Math Behind 135,000 Education Jobs Saved

Here's how the Education Department estimated the jobs impact of the stimulus.

June 08, 2009

Duncan Still Squeezing States on Charters

The Education Secretary is warning once again that states' hostility to charter schools could put them at a "competitive disadvantage" in securing Race to the Top money.

June 08, 2009

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford: Unleashed

The cover letter to Gov. Sanford's application for stabilization funds, signed "under duress," is worth a read.

June 08, 2009

Duncan to States: Test Scores and Teacher Evaluations Do Mix

The Education Secretary took states to task for enacting laws barring student test scores from being used in teacher-evaluation decisions.

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