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Race to the Top

The Quiet Revolution

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

The success of Obama's first term education agenda will be sealed with the announcement of phase 1 Race to the Top winners in March. All indications ...

The Parent Trigger: New Leverage for Parents

Bill Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bill Jackson

So long as 50 percent of parents at a given school in California sign a petition, the school board will now have to enact a turnaround strategy.

Raise Test Scores or Die

Susan Ohanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Ohanian

Back in 1986, in a column titled "Internal Combustion Prose," New York Times columnist Russell Baker noted the defeat of a proposal to emblazon Wisco...

Schumer's Role in "Race to the Top": Is the Fix In?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

For months, rumors have circulated Chuck Schumer has received assurances from the administration that New York will receive a "round one" grant -- as much as $350 million for the cash-strapped state.

Gov. Paterson Forfeits Leadership Role in Race to the Top; Will Anyone Step Forward?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

The governor's inaction -- perhaps disinterest -- in whether New York has a shot at hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education aid underscores the current vacuum on educational issues.

Race to the Top -- Buyers Beware

Chris Prevatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Prevatt

While we support our local boards and trust their judgment and leadership, we believe it's important that these issues are publicly debated as we go down the path of Race to the Top together. Nothing less than the future of public education is at stake.

My New Year's Resolution to all "At Risk" Children

Steve Larosiliere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Steve Larosiliere

As a youth advocate, nonprofit leader and mentor, I'm making new resolutions for at-risk youth. I resolve to not just help the easy children, not to give up on children, and to care about their future.

Will Illinois Education 'Race to the Top'? There's Hope on the Horizon

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

I majored in economics -- a field that entails heaps of calculus -- but the state thinks I'm not qualified to teach math. This bizarre situation is a result of the Board of Ed's certification requirements.

Christie Election Will Make NJ an Educational Battleground

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

Christie is strongly committed to strengthening New Jersey's weak charter-school law, and pushing through an education tax credit focused on low-income students in failing schools.

Gov. Paterson: Where Is Your Education Strategy?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

Since taking office as governor, Paterson has yet to articulate an educational vision. His most significant education proposals have revolved around student access to snack foods.

Looking Back a Year From Now

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

In the spirit of optimism (spiced with skepticism) that accompanies the dawning of a new decade, here are 10 fearless predictions about what lies ahead for education in Colorado in 2010.

Bill Gates Admits He Was Wrong (Bloomberg Doesn't)

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

No, this is not a spoof headline from the satirical newspaper The Onion. In his 2009 annual letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gate...

Race to the Top Officially Starts: Will NY's "Data Firewall" Hurt Its Chances?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

Given New York's fiscal troubles -- Governor David Paterson has warned that the state could run out of money as early as December -- this is not a competition the state can afford to lose.

The One Thing That Will Truly Impact Our Future

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jenifer Fox

Our schools today will get to the top as soon as we are able to teach children to discover their vocation in life, their calling, their destiny.

Denver Public Schools Chief: District Needs To Focus On More Effective Teachers

The Denver Post | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Fixing what still troubles Denver Public Schools will require highly effective teachers in each of the district's 4,000 classrooms, Superintendent Tom...

Colorado Is Serious About This Race

Barbara O’Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Barbara O’Brien

The Department of Education has $4.35 billion in Race to the Top funds. The stars are aligned: President Obama supports this change, it is a cornerstone of Gov. Bill Ritter's agenda and we have leaders who believe in public education.

What Will Duncan Do?

Eric Tipler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eric Tipler

Arne Duncan's plan comes down to getting more and better data about student performance, and tying it back to individual teachers and schools. As someone who taught under No Child Left Behind, this is scary.

A Sneak Peek at Obama's Speech to Schoolchildren

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Stager

The good thing about the endless assault of standardized language arts and arithmetic tests you endure is that you won't learn anything about history, civics or politics.

Schwarzenegger Sets Trap for Obama's "Race to the Top" Education Initiative

Chris Prevatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Prevatt

If Duncan continues to blindly tout governors who have positioned right wing, anti-government wing-nuts to control federal education purse strings, it will truly be "Hasta la vista, baby" for the rest of us and our children.

Illinois ACT Scores are Stagnant: Why Don't We Listen to Arne?

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

The home state of the secretary of education should be leading the way in enacting reforms, especially when they are as straightforward as using data to track student growth, finding ways to recruit non-educators into the profession and closing down failing schools.

Our Insane Summer: Is There a Way Out? Plus an Open Letter to the Secretary of Education [UPDATED]

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

As we enter the back-to-school phase of the calendar, I want to share some good news and offer some unsolicited advice to our nation's education top cop.

Obama Education Plan: $4 Billion Proposed, Will Be Used To Pressure Schools For Reforms

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is leaning hard on the nation's schools, using the promise of more than $4 billion in federal aid -- and the threat of withholding it ...

Teacher Rx: The Perfect Storm For Reform

Rev. Al Sharpton and Joel Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton and Joel Klein

Transforming the teaching profession into a merit-based system is an obvious first step toward reducing educational inequality.