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Race to the Top

Race to the Top's Biggest Losers

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Snider

Race to the Top winners for round two were announced on August 24 by the U.S. Department of Education.

Error On 'Race To The Top' Application Costs New Jersey Education Prize

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HADDONFIELD, N.J. – For anyone who's ever entered the wrong number on a tax return and been denied a refund, or accidentally overtipped, here's ...

'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...

No Whining About Not "Winning" Dash for the Cash

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

There are numerous silver linings in Colorado's not having made the final cut in Obama's Dash for the Cash, the administration's crude attempt to spur school reform by bribing states with borrowed money.

Race to the Top: Nine States and the District of Columbia Join TN and DE as Winners for Education Funding

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Sawyers

In mid-August, Congress signed off on a bill that will steer $10 billion into schools across the nation, a measure aimed at preventing teacher layoffs. And now there's more, this time to support state education reforms.

'Race To The Top' Billions Awarded To New York, Other States

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ATLANTA — More than 13 million students and 1 million educators will share $3.4 billion from the second round of the federal "Race to the Top" grant...

Colorado Race To The Top Bid Falls Short

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Even after public displays of confidence from Colorado's most prominent education figures, the state will not receive funding from the federal Race to...


Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

I've been thinking about what's really important, especially about what all kids should know and be able to do (WKSKABATD). That word all is powerful and dangerous.

Bloomberg and Klein Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

When New York State reconfigured scoring guidelines to make standardized tests better predictors of student academic performance, passing rates plummeted, especially for Black and Latino students.

Seven Reasons I Really Dislike Public Education Reform

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

Race to the Top is more of the same. We need fresh ideas that lie outside of that box in which most so-called education reformers are currently packed.

Education News: Recess Round-Up

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Susan Sawyers

(Photo by DangApricot) A round-up of this week's education stories brought to you by The Hechinger Report. Education in our nation has at its hear...

Kindergarten Matters!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

Quality early education is a very good investment. We spend billions upon billions of dollars struggling to deal with problems after the fact, all of which result partly from poor education.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, President Obama pushed back against his natural allies in civil rights groups and teachers' unions who have criticized his education policies -- particularly his Race to the Top initiative -- as anti-teacher and unfair to minorities. "Our goal isn't to fire or admonish teachers," he said. "Our goal is accountability." Teacher effectiveness is the single most important factor driving student performance. Yet, because of overly rigid union contacts, we cannot pay the best teachers more based on their performance -- and it's become next to impossible to fire even the worst teachers. Until we stop this insanity, our national report card will continue to be littered with Fs. The president should be applauded and given major leadership props for taking on this schlerotic status quo. This is what real, beyond-left-and-right bipartisanship looks like.

Let Change Happen

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

The situation in US K12 education is really bad: states are broke and the calcified system is unable to respond creatively; deep inequities persist; a...

New York State School Leadership Fiasco: The Illusion of Rigor

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

This past week the New York State Education Department released the scores of proficiency tests in math and English. The "proficiency" level of students in New York has plummeted through the floor.

$3.4 Billion Up for Grabs: Who Will Get a Piece?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Snider

Education reformers across the country were almost blue in the face by Tuesday, having held their breaths since early June for the announcement of round-two finalists in a $3.4 billion federal competition.

Cash-Starved Arizona Vaults From 40th Place to Finalist in $4 Billion Federal Competition

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Liz Willen

Arizona shocked the education world on Tuesday. Arizona was a surprise finalist in the second round of the Race to the Top competition, after having finished 40th out of 41 in the first round.

Dan Maes Would Refuse All Federal Cash As Governor

The Colorado Independent | Scot Kersgaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver


The F Word: Top Secret: Privatizing Fails

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While deficit hawks obsess over spending, private security companies, private spies, and private armies rule the tax dollar roost.

Educating for Democracy: A Split in the Teachers Unions

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

At its representative Assembly meeting in New Orleans on July 3, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel was critical of the Obama administration's use of st...

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...

The most dangerous man in America

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonie Haimson

Bill Gates sure is a popular guy. He is appearing this afternoon at the national conference of the American Federation of Teachers in Seattle, after ...

Why the Anger at Closing Bad Schools?

Sarah Garland | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sarah Garland

School closings have sparked anger in African-American communities before. In the 1960s and '70s, during school desegregation, hundreds of schools in black neighborhoods were closed.

Margaret Spellings, Arne Duncan -- What's the Difference?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Nobody in power seems to be listening to what teachers have to say about how best to improve public education. If we have to wait twenty years for Arne Duncan to see the light, it will be too late.

Education Reforms Will Miss the 'Top' Without Broader Consensus

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

I am sure that Jonathan Alter's recent column in Newsweek, is as funny to the lobbyists of teacher unions as it is to me. The column is in fact not about Congress, but rather about Rep. David Obey (D-WI).