Race to the Top

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
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Q&A: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

With the clock ticking on the Obama administration’s time in office, the education secretary discusses NCLB waivers, testing, Race to the Top, and other issues. (March 31, 2015)

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

07/07 04:31 pm | White House Calls for More Accountability in Senate ESEA Bill, But No Veto Threat | While the administration wishes the bill did more to ensure states focus on their lowest-performing students and schools, it stopped short of issuing a veto threat.

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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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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
Researchers find that the systems used in many states to gauge the quality of child-care programs have only a tenuous connection to children's learning outcomes.
September 10, 2013 - Education Week
Growth and improvement, not just accountability, must remain at the heart of teacher evaluation, Stephen Fink writes.
July 17, 2013 - Education Week
Districts are using their share of the federal grant dollars for a range of efforts aimed at the "whole child."
May 3, 2013 - Education Week
The 16 districts that won Race to the Top grants are taking vastly different approaches as they aim to make over the classroom experience.
March 26, 2013 - Education Week
President Obama's proposal for a Race to the Top-style competition aimed at high schools has yet to be fleshed out.
February 26, 2013 - Education Week
The president wants to dramatically expand preschool access for low- and middle-income children, but has yet to spell out the cost.
February 19, 2013 - Education Week
The majority of winners in the $4 billion Race to the Top competition are struggling with evaluation and data systems, the U.S. Education Department's second annual progress report on the program says.
February 1, 2013 - Education Week
Fed up with state school improvement efforts, eight California districts have banded together to bring about change.
January 22, 2013 - Education Week

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