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April 09, 2010

Must-See TV: Race to Top Presentations Debut Online

Education Department posts videos of Race to Top finalists' presentations.

April 06, 2010

Race to Top's Losers: What to Do Next?

State EdWatch is returning after several days off, so to get myself caught up, I went looking for local stories about the losing states in round one of Race to the Top and what sort of reflection and cost-benefit analysis they are doing as they decide whether to bother with round two. The June 1 dea...

March 29, 2010

Race to Top's Live Performances: How Key Were They?

Delaware wowed the judges, while New York and Ohio lost points.

March 29, 2010

And the Race to Top Winners Are...

Tennessee and Delaware, according to Michele McNeil who heard from an official who has been briefed on the winners. Stay tuned to Politics K-12 for more details. And let the carping and Monday-morning-quarterbacking begin. Are these the right winners? Did Arne Duncan live up to his repeated pled...

March 26, 2010

Race to Top Unlikely to Live Up to Hype, Critic Says

Andy Smarick, an education stimulus watchdog, offers his latest take on the $4 billion school reform sweepstakes.

March 24, 2010

Inside the State Chiefs' Confab

From my notebook: I've got a few leftovers from my day with the state school chiefs' legislative meeting in Washington that didn't make my Ed Week story. First, let me just say how much I appreciate the candor of the chiefs. They don't speak in scripted sound bites or repeat the same talking poin...

March 23, 2010

Conn. Chief Says Race to Top Could Produce 'Bad Policy'

At the annual Washington gathering of the Council of Chief State School Officers this morning, Mark K. McQuillan, Connecticut's education commissioner, told two Obama administration officials he's worried that the $4 billion Race to the Top competition could result in "bad policy." During a session...

March 17, 2010

Governors Ask For Race to Top Feedback, Pronto

June 1—the deadline for states to submit applications for round two of the Race to the Top competition—is less than three months away, and governors who want their states to take another shot at a piece of the $4 billion in federal grants are hoping for more time to refine their applicat...

March 16, 2010

South Carolina's Race to Top: Post-Game Analysis

Two down. Fourteen more to go. South Carolina and Florida were the first Race to the Top finalists to make presentations to judges this morning at the U.S. Department of Education. In a post-game call with a few reporters, Jim Rex, South Carolina's schools chief, said the 90-minute session was "c...

March 10, 2010

Aspen Institute to Help Some Race to Top Finalists

There's less than a week to go until the 16 states in contention for a piece of the $4 billion in Race to the Top prize money come to Washington to make their live pitches to a panel of judges, and some of those finalists are polishing their presentations with the help of the Aspen Institute. The s...

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