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Race to the Top

Race to the Top Mandates Impossible to Implement

Alan Singer | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Maybe instead of repeatedly testing teachers and students, what New York State and the nation really need is a series of new tests to establish qualifications before people are allowed to run for government office.

States Can Compete For $200 Million In Federal Funds For STEM Education Focus

Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

Beginning this week, nine states that were the runner-up finalists from last year's Race to the Top competition can apply for a portion of the $200 mi...

A National Commitment to High-Quality Early Learning

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 01.05.2012 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

Research consistently shows that high-quality early learning programs benefit children, our society, and our national prosperity. It is simply one of the most cost-effective investments America can make in its future.

Stroke Survivor Aims to Take the Stairs: All 2,109 of Them

Melanie Coffee | Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago
Melanie Coffee

About 2,500 people are set to race up 103 flights to the building's Skydeck on Sunday to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. It's one of the premier rehab facilities in the world, but more important to Pacholski, it's the place that's helped her get her life back.

Joy Resmovits

At News Corp. Forum, Four GOP Hopefuls Outline Education Platforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- The desire for a lighter federal hand in the nation's schools ruled the discussions at an education forum Thursday night with four of the ...

Why A School District Rejected $2.54 Million In Federal Funding

The Oregonian | Nicole Dungca | Posted 12.24.2011 | Education

The Oregon City School District has decided to reject a $2.54 million federal grant meant to reward top educators, partly because of philosophical con...

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...

Faulty Data Wrongly Placed School Among Worst In State

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

A Delaware middle school will no longer receive hundreds of thousands in additional funding after it was mistakenly named one of the worst schools in ...

Brown Attacks Testing and Data as Measures of School Success

Louis Freedberg | Posted 12.10.2011 | San Francisco
Louis Freedberg

Setting himself apart from other governors, Gov. Jerry Brown has launched an extraordinary broadside against the current national obsession with testing that continues to dominate school reform efforts.

Joy Resmovits

How Should Tests Measure Teachers?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.03.2011 | Education

When Secretary of Education Arne Duncan presented the Obama administration's reforms to teacher training programs before the D.C.-based think tank Edu...

Republican Race to the Bottom on Education

Bill Burton | Posted 12.03.2011 | Education
Bill Burton

The Tea Party has moved Republicans to the right on many issues. But on the issue that will determine our country's economic future, they aren't moving Republicans right or left. They are pushing America off a cliff.

Good Evaluation Requires Data -- And Sound Judgment

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.01.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

It's obviously a good thing to consider all forms of evidence when providing performance feedback to employees. But teaching is not like golf, you can't reduce it to a single score for one contributor.

House Republicans Unveil Cuts To Education, NPR

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Setting a collision course with Democrats that could drag out for months, House Republicans on Thursday unveiled plans to cut federal mo...

Educating for Democracy: Diane Ravitch: Reforming the "Reformers"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 11.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The scapegoating, unreasonable demands and expectations of bureaucrats and politicians, and a media that has bought into the idea that the "reformers" are what they pretend to be, drive able and talented teaching veterans out of the profession.

Joy Resmovits

Will Obama's NCLB Waiver Plan Really Diminish 'Teaching To The Test'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Standing among governors, teachers, superintendents and students in the White House's East Room Friday morning, President Barack Obama asserted his ad...

Joy Resmovits

The Education Of Arne Duncan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

CLEVELAND -- On a recent Wednesday afternoon in the auditorium of Eastern Technical High School, where 1,000 people had come to hear him speak, Arne D...

Jon Ward

Rick Perry Calls On GOP Voters To Pray For Him -- And For Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

I'll Miss Arne's Trip to Joplin: We're Testing That Day

Randy Turner | Posted 11.21.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

If Secretary of Education Arne Duncan steps into my 8th grade classroom when he visits tornado-stricken Joplin, he will have an opportunity to see a man-made disaster that he made possible.

Congress Returns To Face Education Funding Issues And ESEA

Education Week | Alyson Klein | Posted 11.06.2011 | Education

Congress returns from its summer recess this week with a full plate of unfinished business on the future of K-12 spending and policy--a tall order in ...

New York Matters: Mayoral Control and Denial

John C. Fager | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
John C. Fager

What happens in the NYC school system has national implications because the city has been a testing ground for so-called new reforms. It is important for the nation to know that this past year was a very disillusioning one.

Message to Feds: Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road and Call AAA

John H. Jackson | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating. These countries' leaders would likely boldly tell us that the best sustainable economic stimulus is investing in education.

New York Scraps $27 Million Contract With Murdoch Education Affiliate

Posted 10.27.2011 | Education

The state of New York has scrapped a controversial $27 million contract between Rupert Murdoch's Wireless Generation and the state's Education Departm...

Will Rick Perry Unravel the Strange Consensus on Public Education?

Marc Epstein | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

Conservatives, liberals, free-market advocates and supporters of big government alike have all agreed to either dismantle or modify how our schools operate. But Rick Perry has entered the room uninvited, and the question is, will he spoil all the fun?

Joy Resmovits

Standardized Tests To Weigh Less On Teachers, N.Y. Judge Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Teachers unions have the right to collectively bargain over almost every component of teacher evaluations, an Albany County (N.Y.) Suprem...

Joy Resmovits

Race To The Top -- Pre-School Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

To win money from the federal government's early childhood Race to the Top contest, states are encouraged to implement "kindergarten entry assessments...