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States not meeting absolute guidelines would be ineligible to compete for aid from the Race to the Top Fund, a comparatively small—but highly coveted—slice of some $100 billion in federal economic-stimulus aid for education.
Some observers are arguing for more input, but the groups guiding the effort say there will be plenty of opportunities down the road.
The U.S. secretary of education’s call to “turn around” the nation’s 5,000 worst-performing schools has sparked debate about how—and whether—such an enormous leadership and management challenge can be accomplished.
Race to the Top money could serve as a down payment for scaling up tests that would better measure critical thinking, experts say.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
States and districts could free up money for teacher-compensation reforms that might promote student achievement, the authors say.
Legislators approved a measure that will keep Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in charge of New York City’s 1.1 million-student school system for an additional six years.
A forum run by the University of Pittsburgh helps teachers prepare lessons on the controversial and confusing topic of evolution.
Some states are giving school districts more flexibility to use their own money for other budget priorities amid the influx of federal dollars.
The nation has few real examples of dramatic school change, experts say, leading to a lack of information on what strategies work.
The plan's goal is to check disparities among states in the rate of English-learners' and special education students' participation.
A summer program at Johns Hopkins University is part of a broader effort to expand public school course offerings in the subject, which builds students’ critical thinking skills.
Special Education
Under the deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, the state and city of New York has to pay back false claims by school districts.
Amid pressure from the Obama administration to lift caps on schools, state lawmakers turn in a mixed record on charter schools.
Focus on competitive grants could spur innovation in using technology in schools, experts say.
Policy Brief
President Barack Obama's nominee was backed by some prominent civil rights and education groups, including the two national teachers' unions.
After a major windfall in the federal economic-stimulus law, K-12 education would see just a modest boost in funding in fiscal 2010.
Eligibility and a flood of applications will be among the challenges in doling out $650 million to schools and districts.
Savings from a bill undergoing consideration in Congress would funnel $8 billion into state early-childhood education programs.
Robert C. Bobb was appointed by the state to try to close a huge budget deficit that is the legacy of declining enrollment and management problems.
"There's more to good education than math and reading scores," writes Richard Rothstein.
Susan B. Neuman asks, "Could it be that all this intelligence buzz measures only a weak correlate of ability?"
"We cannot afford to hire school leaders whose learning curve is steeper than our children's," writes Ami Novoryta.
"Nurturing gifted students and saving money don't have to be at odds," write Laura Vanderkam and Richard Whitmire.
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