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Obama Race to the Top

Education Policies Operating in the Dark

Diann Woodard | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

More enlightened awareness of what is required in training and preparing school leaders and less simplistic rhetoric would go a long way toward getting education policy out of the dark and on the path of improving how schools are run.

Secretary Of Education Admits Standardized Test Have Big Flaws

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conceded Tuesday that there are serious flaws in standardized testing, telling attendees at a meeting of the Americ...

Obama's Education Policy: What Will Be The Legacy Of His Second Term?

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Maria Voles Ferguson

While the Race to the Top program has been widely praised (despite no formal evaluation data to consider yet), the Education Department's granting of No Child Left Behind waivers has raised concerns, especially as it pertains to holding schools and states accountable for student achievement.

Latest Race to the Top Grants Go to States at Bottom of School Funding Equity

David Sciarra | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
David Sciarra

The nation's students urgently need the federal government to begin pressing states to revamp their school finance systems based on the actual cost of delivering rigorous academic standards, including the additional funds required for students in high need districts and schools.

Empowering Rural School Districts: A Vision Unfulfilled

Andrew Hysell | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Andrew Hysell

The Race to the Top program was billed as an opportunity for any school district in America to compete for a chance to win funds and bring innovative educational approaches to their students. Unfortunately, very few small, rural school districts made the cut.

The World Is... a Sisyphean Hill of Policy Smackdowns?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.23.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Programs like RTTT reflect a technocratic insensitivity to the actual rhythms of human beings, and a complete disregard for the necessity of building a shared emotional commitment for the changes we seek

New Florida Teacher Evaluation System Comes Under Fire

Posted 07.17.2012 | Education

Florida’s new teacher evaluation system has come under fire by teachers across the state, the Orlando Sentinel reports. As part of a controversi...

Ohio To Connect Teacher Pay And Test Scores

Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

Teacher pay in Ohio will be partially linked to student test scores as a result of legislation signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich, CNN reports. ...

A Future We Need to Confront Today

Dr. Dianne Lynch | Posted 07.05.2012 | College
Dr. Dianne Lynch

Why would Annie and her peers choose a sociology course from us over the one taught at Harvard or Yale? Answer is, they wouldn't. And they won't.

How Schools Are Killing Creativity

Line Dalile | Posted 06.10.2012 | Teen
Line Dalile

Our methodologies in schools are demolishing creativity. Students have lost their capacity of creation simply because our teaching methods don't stimulate innovation and free-thinking.

Mr. President: Improving the U.S. Education System Is Not a Competitive Sport

Arnold L. Mitchem | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Arnold L. Mitchem

Obama is unafraid to shake up the education establishment, challenge old assumptions and dramatically step up the federal government's role as a catalyst for change. But what he sees as a powerful lever, I view as a troubling trend.

35 States, D.C. And Puerto Rico Vie For Race To The Top Funding

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced today that 35 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have submitted applica...

Jon Ward

Rick Perry Calls On GOP Voters To Pray For Him -- And For Obama | Jon Ward | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

ORLANDO -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked a ballroom full of enthusiastic Republican activists and voters Thursday to pray for him and give him their vot...

T.V. Special To Spotlight High School That Won Race To The Top Commencement Challenge

Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

Cable viewers across the country will soon get an inside look at the journey of South Memphis students vying to win a coveted commencement address fro...

Try the President's Commencement Challenge

Melody Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Melody Barnes

The Race to the Top Commencement challenge is back and we're asking public high school students from across the country to tell us about ways their school is preparing them for college and a career.

How Will Republican Wins Affect Federal Education Policy?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As Republican candidates gain dozens of seats in the House, claiming a majority over Democrats, education leaders wonder how the shift will impact fed...

Charter Schools and Civil Rights: What Kind of 'Movement' is This?

Brian Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Jones

This "civil rights struggle" has many features that distinguish it from the historic movement of the previous generation.

'Race To The Top': New York Wins Nearly $700 Million In Education Funds | JENNIFER MEDINA | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New York captured almost $700 million for schools when it was selected Tuesday as one of 10 winners in the federal Race to the Top competition, a vict...

Race To The Top Program Threatened, Teacher Jobs In Jeopardy

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Last summer, the Obama Administration announced unprecedented funding for education reform in the form of a new program called Race To The Top. The in...

Kids Dropping Out... of Learning

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ellen Galinsky

Curiosity, according to Laura Schulz of MIT, is fueled by having two ideas that are at odds with each other. Her research shows that when this happen...

Finishing Out of the Money

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Hopes that Colorado would win in the first round of the Federal Race to the Top competition, or at least finish close enough to carry momentum into the second round, were dashed Monday.

The Kids Behind Race to the Top

Zachary Rowe | Posted 06.27.2011 | Denver
Zachary Rowe

Congratulations Colorado! It was announced today that we are finalists for the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competitive education grant. It's important to remind ourselves why this is so important.

White House: Critics Too Quick To Pan Obama For Using Teleprompter

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The White House has reported to the Weekly Standard that Obama used teleprompters only his address to the press, not to the students. Preside...