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May 11, 2009

Arne Duncan Focuses on the Lowest Performing Schools

The education secretary seems intent on seeing 5,000 of the nation's worst schools closed and reopened within five years.

April 28, 2009

Transparency Watch: ED's Lobbying Disclosures Now Online

Props to agency officials for the level of detail in their first report.

April 22, 2009

Duncan in the WSJ: Money as the Lever of Change

Education secretary Arne Duncan seems to be getting even tougher on states who may be playing financial shell games with their state stabilization fund money, declaring in an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal: "If they divert money intended for education to noneducational purposes, we may deny fu...

April 21, 2009

California is the First on the First Round

So California is the big winner in the 50-state-sweepstakes of who is first to get the initial round of state fiscal stabilization money. The Golden State's Prize: Nearly $4 billion in stimulus money for schools. Actually, there isn't much of a contest here. States have already gotten a portion o...

April 15, 2009

UPDATE Transparency Watch: South Dakota Gets a Gold Star (and Calif. too!)

Four states have submitted their stabilization fund applications to the feds, and only South Dakota puts their documents up prominently online.

April 09, 2009

Transparency Watch: Dead Ends Along the Money Trail

An early test of the claim for "unprecedented" levels of transparency in spending the stimulus funding shows there's a long way to go.

April 01, 2009

Conditions on Stimulus: Teacher Evaluation, Charter Caps, and More

The new stimulus guidance centers on what data must be collected under the conditions of accepting money from the state stabilization fund.

March 31, 2009

The Stimulus Fraud Detectives

The GAO is encouraging people to report stimulus-related fraud—and there could be a lot of it, even in education.

March 19, 2009

'Dear Arne' Letters Start Flowing

When you've got control over $100 billion, and 50 states to deal with, you're bound to get lots of questions and complaints about the money. Here's a sampling.

March 17, 2009

South Carolina's Governor vs. Obama, Round 2

Mark Sanford is asking the White House for the right to use stimulus money to pay down the state's school construction debt.

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