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Race to the Top

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.

Illinois Shut Out In 'Race To Top' School Grants

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois was not selected as a winner Tuesday in a federal contest to reform public schools across the country....

California Loses Bid For Federal Race To The Top Education Grant

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

California has fallen short in its bid to win a controversial federal Race to the Top school-reform grant. The winners, just confirmed by federal o...

Debate Over Value-Added Teacher Ratings Hits New York City

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Liz Willen

Regardless of what the court decides on November 24, the idea of holding teachers accountable for student performance seems here to stay.

Improving the State of Public Education

Suzanne Tacheny Kubach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Suzanne Tacheny Kubach

Across the country, education reform advocacy organizations are proving that when strategic, focused, and unrelenting, they can change political will.

The Department of Faith-Based Education Initiatives

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kenneth Bernstein

Determinations at "failing" schools are being made on the basis of student scores on tests that by the administration's own admission are seriously lacking.

Principal Helps Transform Struggling NYC School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School in New York City has been known for its low attendance and poor tests scores. Yet, the school rece...

Waiting for 'Accountability-Man'

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

School accountability runs in only one direction. When we weren't looking, those at the top were apparently given "get out of accountability free" cards.

You Don't Have to Deny the Arts To Succeed: MS223 in The South Bronx, a 2010 Intel School of Distinction

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Richard Kessler

Ramon Gonzalez and his faculty at MS223 have managed to take time from test prep for reading and math to build in exchange for a quality arts program,...

Waiting for all the Superheroes

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Richard Kessler

The simplicity underscoring much of the present debate belies just how complicated schools can be. The fact of the matter is that educating children is hard, complex, and long-term.

Education's 15 Minutes of Fame

Elory Rozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elory Rozner

The medium is the message, right? Maybe the mainstream attention education reform is receiving is our best or only way to provoke action right now.

This is the Moment

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

If we don't seriously increase the knowledge and competence of today's students, we may bequeath to our children and grandchildren a nation in decline.

7 Calif. School Districts Start Nonprofit To Drive Education Reform

San Jose Mercury News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

LOS ANGELES -- Seven California school districts on Monday said they are teaming up to push ahead with education reforms that previously failed to gai...

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Takes Questions Live From the White House (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shira Lazar

We deserve to be proud and educated; we deserve a better future for ourselves, our children, our communities, and generations to come. How have we fallen so far behind?

The Real Problem With Waiting for "Superman"

Aaron Swartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Swartz

Despite repeatedly insisting poor kids just need better teachers, Waiting for "Superman" never says what it is that better teachers actually do.

Lessons From Grading Schools With Test Scores

Beth Fertig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Beth Fertig

Now that the city and the state are moving ahead with a new way of measuring teachers, everyone will be watching the role of test scores.

Schools or Teachers: Which are More Important?

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Eric Tipler

Let's not forget about schools and community, and let's also remember that teachers must be our allies, not our enemies, in the process of making schools better.

Arne Duncan: Martin Luther King Would Be Sad To See Schools Still Segregated

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In a speech in Chicago Saturday, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan said if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he'd be dishe...

Colorado One Of 18 States To Move On In Federal Race To The Top Competition

AP | DORIE TURNER and CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ATLANTA — Eighteen states and the District of Columbia were named finalists Tuesday in the second round of the federal "Race to the Top" school ...

Four Days IN Education Nation

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

NBC says it's going to do Education Nation again next year. Let's hope so. There's certainly room for improvement.

At the Starting Line With Race to the Top

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

By Ray Suarez On its face, it seems simple enough: Get states to compete with each other for enhanced funding for education from the federal governme...

New School Year, Same Challenges -- Interview With Dr. Steve Perry of Capital Prep

Steve Larosiliere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Steve Larosiliere

Entering the new school year, I, like many people who work in education and youth development, am constantly thinking how are we going to make this year better than the last.

Top Priorities for an Education Makeover

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

What is the single most important priority for improvement? I looked for answers in the realms of policy-making, public education and universities. Here are a few ideas.

Waiting for "Waiting for Superman" (VIDEO)

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jack Hidary

A new film -- Waiting for Superman -- will send shockwaves through the political debate on education and will force the issue for the November elections.

Rather than Race to the Top, We Should Have Started Fixing Education There

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian Ross

The Obama Administration launched a barrage of carrots under Race to the Top, when they should have started with a stick to beat America's Colleges an...