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February 26, 2010

Senators Unveil Bill to Promote Engineering Education

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators this week introduced legislation to promote and improve engineering education in schools. "As a nation, our future success depends on our ability to produce a greater number of engineers," Sen. Edward E. Kaufman, D-Del., a co-sponsor of the bill who claims to be ...

February 25, 2010

For New Race to Top Competition, Obama Is the Prize

The White House is conducting a competition among public schools, with the winner getting President Obama to deliver their commencement address this year.

February 24, 2010

A Call Goes Out: Save Federal Aid for Reading Is Fundamental

Something tells me that a "Dear Colleague" letter circulating in Congress to shore up federal support for the Reading Is Fundamental program is just one of many such letters making the rounds in response to President Obama's recent budget request. The bipartisan letter by Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnso...

February 23, 2010

New Analyses Find Common Standards Lacking

President Obama wants to tie Title I aid to states' adoption of the common standards, as you already know from reading our story. But a couple of new reports are out today claiming that several states would have more to lose than to gain by adopting them. One study comes from the Pioneer Institute ...

February 23, 2010

The Ties That Bind Common Standards to Title I Aid

You've read before in this blog that the role the federal government is taking—or ought to take—in the development of common standards is a touchy subject. Fresh rounds of evidence popped up yesterday, with the news that President Obama proposes tying Title I money to the adoption of col...

February 22, 2010

Obama Wants to Link Title I Aid to College-Career Standards

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan apparently told governors at a meeting yesterday that the Obama administration wants to tie billions of dollars in annual Title I aid for low-income students to whether states adopt standards judged to be "college- and career-ready," my colleague Lesli Maxwell...

February 19, 2010

Beware of Myths About Common Standards, Organizers Say

One of the guys leading the common-standards initiative sat down in front of a roomful of state board of education members in Philadelphia yesterday and said, "I'm not from the federal government." A wave of chuckles rippled through the room. But he was getting at something serious. The quip by Chr...

February 17, 2010

Cato Institute Study Finds Weak Case for Common Standards

Forty-eight states have signed on to support the development of common academic standards. But they may be supporting something that doesn't have much evidence of effectiveness in improving learning, according to a new paper from a think tank here in Washington. In a policy analysis released today,...

February 10, 2010

Another Major 'STEM' Education Advocate Leaving Congress

U.S. Rep. Vernon Ehlers of Michigan, a major champion of improving STEM education, has announced plans to step from Congress.

February 08, 2010

Is Race to Top Fueling Skepticism of Common Standards?

I'm not telling you anything new when I mention that many people are less than thrilled when federal officials start exerting a broader influence on local schools. This skepticism has long roots, and has cropped up time and time again in education debates. As I track the development of the common-s...

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