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Race to the Top

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.