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February 05, 2010

Help Wanted: i3 Judges

In many ways, the i3 competition is a much bigger logistical problem for the department than Race to the Top, which has higher stakes.

January 19, 2010

Big Promises in Race to the Top Applications

With the deadline less than an hour away for states to get their Race to the Top applications in, many already are putting their exhaustive submissions online. It will be interesting to see if all states follow suit and publicize their applications. The U.S. Department of Education has said it won'...

January 13, 2010

Race to the Top: Where the Money Might Go If It Were Purely Political

It's interesting to speculate on who would have an edge if Race to the Top were purely, or even partly, political. And, despite the department's best efforts, if certain states get grants, I'm sure some folks out there will wonder whether politics had any sort of role in that decision.

December 16, 2009

New Jobs Bill Would Include Money for Facilities, Edujobs

New measure would include $23 billion to help save and create education jobs, on top of the economic-stimulus package which is already pouring more than twice that much state coffers for that purpose.

November 03, 2009

Previewing Obama's Speech in Wisconsin

Race to the Top will be a key focus of tomorrow's speech, which will highlight Wisconsin's upcoming legislative vote to remove the "firewall" between student data and teacher evaluations.

November 03, 2009

Ed Department to Mass.: No Violation on Stabilization Spending

The Education Department clarifies that Massachusetts' use of State Fiscal Stabilization Fund money did not violate the law

October 30, 2009

VP Biden on Stimulus: 325,000 Educator Jobs Created or Saved

The first quarterly reports that detail these jobs numbers are now online at, with state-by-state breakdowns of jobs saved and where the money has gone.

October 29, 2009

The Politics of Stimulus Reporting

The first quarterly reports from states on how they spent their stimulus funds will be out tomorrow, and all sides will be scrutinizing the data, especially numbers on how many jobs were saved.

October 28, 2009

Spec. Ed. Stimulus Dollars: This Issue Isn't Going Away

Way back in the spring, my colleague Christina Samuels wrote this story about how the U.S. Department of Education is taking a hard line with districts that aren't meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Apparently, districts that aren't in compliance with the ...

October 19, 2009

How Big Is the Stimulus Funding Cliff?

$16.5 billion. That's the amount of money that 36 states combined will need to find, somewhere, to get back to their 2008 K-12 funding levels after stimulus money runs out. That amounts to about 10 percent of these 36 states' combined budgets, according to my own calculations of figures presented ...

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