Race to the Top

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Jamila Smith, left, and Danielle Smith pack their office belongings at the Education Department in Washington. Both employees are staff members in the office of the deputy secretary who will be transferring to the new the office of state support.
—Eric Kruszewski for Education Week

Federal Monitoring of K-12 Efforts to Take Team Approach

A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs. (October 7, 2014)

Spotlight on Race to the Top

This Spotlight examines insider perspectives on Race to the Top policy, the role of standards in the competitive grant program, and states' preparations to secure their piece of the funding pie.

Politics K-12 Blog

12/18 09:53 am | Common Core, Non-Common Core States Face Similar Challenges, GAO Says | It can also be pretty tricky to communicate with parents and the public about the standards, states told the GAO, which is considered Congress' investigative arm.

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Schools and the Stimulus
A closer look at the impact education stimulus dollars have had since the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Early education is a winner in the massive bill worked out in Congress, but key Obama initiatives come up short.
January 17, 2014 | Updated: January 25, 2014 - Education Week
Six states are splitting nearly $281 million in the third round of the U.S. Department of Education's effort to boost early-learning programs.
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
Five winners, all from the South, are splitting $120 million of the federal grant funding, in the competition that mostly rewarded small and rural districts.
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
With sequestration on hold and a broad spending outline in the bag, congressional appropriators face tough budget choices on individual education programs.
January 2, 2014 - Education Week
Once in danger of losing its $75 million federal grant, Hawaii is using its Race to the Top money in a way that has converted even some critics.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week
Keaau Elementary School in Hawaii used its status as a Race to the Top "zone of innovation" school to raise money to give each student a computer.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week
At Kanoelani Elementary, a 785-student school in Waipio on the island of Oahu, the common core is being integrated into a school that prides itself on a cohesive approach to learning across grade levels.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week
K-12 advocates are hoping a congressional conference committee working to come up with a federal budget solution can stop across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
November 4, 2013 - Education Week
With his pot of financial sweeteners diminished, Arne Duncan may have to rely mainly on persuasion and sanctions to advance President Obama's K-12 agenda in the remaining years of the administration.
October 4, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers who have been fired because of flawed evaluations will not have their day in court, write W. James Popham and Marguerita K. DeSander.
September 17, 2013 - Education Week