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Grading Obama on Education Reform

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

When Obama assumed the presidency, a nasty set of problems confronted him in K-12 education. Given the nature and sheer number of challenges, his administration has done a great deal to foster positive change and progress.

12 Embarrassing Years of NCLB and RTTT: Time for Arne to Blame USDOE

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.21.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Seems like it is time for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to finally admit that federally-touted (coerced?) reforms are a flop. However, he is not done blaming others just yet.

Joy Resmovits

Report Calls Signature Obama Initiative 'Impossible' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's signature education initiative, the Race to the Top competition, is "impossible" at best and damaging at worst, argues a new,...

Schools In 11 States Win Nearly $400 Million In Race To The Top Grants

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Schools from 55 districts in 11 states plus the District of Columbia have won nearly $400 million in federal grants to promote school re...

Feds Open $400 Million Education Grant Competition To 'Anemic' Response

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to build on state-level reforms aimed at closing the education achievement gap, the Education Department opened its Race to the T...

Secretary Duncan Owes an Apology to Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If teaching were just a pathway to wealth and respect, no apology could compensate for the insults and the damage that Arne Duncan has helped inflict on teachers. Teaching, however, is an act of love.

Mission Accomplished!

Gary Stager | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

While Accelerated Reader suggests that it inspires literacy habits, its primary customer is the bureaucrat impressed by the marketing slogan, "Advanced Technology for Data-Driven Schools."

Another $133 Million Available For Race To The Top Early Learning Grants

AP | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has announced that five states that were finalists in an earlier competition for millions in federal dollars to...

On The Daily Show, Arne Duncan Rehashes Policies, Plans

Posted 04.18.2012 | Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in New York Thursday as Jon Stewart's guest on The Daily Show, largely rehashing the Obama administration'...

States Backtracked On Reform Commitments, Face Threats To Federal Funds

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- Several states that won a slice of the U.S. Department of Education's $4.3 billion Race to the Top competition have had to delay plans to imp...

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...

Senseless Acts of Homework

Gary Stager | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

When I was a kid, the only time you heard the combination of the words, "summer" and "school" was if you misbehaved or failed a course during the school year. How I long for the good ol' days.

Models of Education Innovation: What Else Should We Try?

Brian Crosby | Posted 09.28.2011 | Education
Brian Crosby

In comments on this and other blogs about education, one of the constant complaints from commenters is that no solutions are proposed. That's why I decided sharing some ideas might be productive.

Cooperation Not Competition: Finland's Model For Education Success

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The Finns had a crisis," professor Tony Wagner explains. Starting with the principle that cooperation is a key pillar of success, the Finns revised their educational framework.

Guest Column: Obama on Education -- A-Plus Values, F-Minus Policies

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Chris Weigant

Roughly once a year or so, I turn this column space over to a guest author. This usually happens when a point of view is presented to me either in pu...