Education

News in Brief: A Washington Roundup

February 11, 2004 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Grant Program Unveiled For Researcher Training

The Department of Education announced last week that it would provide up to $50 million in grants over five years to train a new generation of researchers capable of producing scientifically rigorous studies in education.

Information on the federal grant programs is available at www.ed.gov/programs /edresearch/applicant.html.

The first-time grants, which would go to colleges and universities, are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to transform education into an “evidence- based field.” Department officials contend that education schools are producing too few education researchers with the know-how to conduct the kind of “scientifically based research” that is being called for in the No Child Left Behind Act.

“Solid research will help teachers in the classroom reach their students and in turn help students achieve better results,” Secretary of Education Rod Paige said in a press release.

To be administered through the department’s Institute of Education Sciences, the grants would support the creation of interdisciplinary doctoral programs for education researchers. That means university departments in psychology, anthropology, economics, sociology, and other subjects—as well as education schools and departments— could qualify for the grants of up to $1 million a year over five years. The agency hopes to award up to 10 such grants.

—Debra Viadero

New Drug-Free Schools, Technology Officials Named

Secretary of Education Rod Paige has named Deborah A. Price as his deputy undersecretary in charge of the office of safe and drug-free schools. She will oversee the Department of Education’s planning in areas such as drug- abuse prevention, student well-being, and citizenship, as well as coordinating its homeland-security efforts, the department said in announcing her appointment on Feb. 2.

Ms. Price previously served as the chief of staff in the department’s office of federal student aid. Before joining the Bush administration, she worked as a policy adviser to Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla. She replaces Eric G. Andell, who resigned in October.

Meanwhile, Susan D. Patrick has been named the acting director of the office of educational technology within the department. In that role she will oversee the department’s efforts to coordinate virtual education, e-learning, and long- term planning in school technology.

She replaces John P. Bailey, who resigned on Jan. 30, department spokesman David Thomas said.

—Sean Cavanagh

Events

School Climate & Safety K-12 Essentials Forum Strengthen Students’ Connections to School
Join this free event to learn how schools are creating the space for students to form strong bonds with each other and trusted adults.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Infrastructure & Management Webinar
Future-Proofing Your School's Tech Ecosystem: Strategies for Asset Tracking, Sustainability, and Budget Optimization
Gain actionable insights into effective asset management, budget optimization, and sustainable IT practices.
Content provided by Follett Learning
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Budget & Finance Webinar
Innovative Funding Models: A Deep Dive into Public-Private Partnerships
Discover how innovative funding models drive educational projects forward. Join us for insights into effective PPP implementation.
Content provided by Follett Learning

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: April 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 20, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 13, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: February 21, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read