Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 2:40pm
Monday’s pomp and circumstance marked the second year of the school district’s unique foray into performance pay, a controversial issue pushed both by the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program and the Florida Legislature.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:50am
Enticed by federal Race to the Top dollars, Massachusetts passed an important education reform law in 2010—but now, with that legislation in place, policymakers seem to lack the appetite for another round of significant change.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 3:00pm
Hawaii's state Department of Education has given $1 million in one-time grants to 32 local schools as part of the “Strive HI” campaign, which rewards and supports public schools who have shown progress in academic performance and in meeting annual progress goals tied to the No Child Left Behind Act.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 9:38am
On December 11, 2012, the Education Department announced the 16 winners of the Race to the Top school district grants (RTTD). Sixty-one finalists had been announced recently out of an original 372 districts that turned in applications in November. A total of $400 million was due to go out, and winners ranged from $10 million to $40 million for a period of four years, depending on the population of the given district. The winners included urban and rural districts, small districts and large consortia, and public and charter schools.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 1:13pm
An effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to win a high-profile $40-million grant has unraveled after the L.A. teachers union declined to sign the application, a condition for the competition imposed by the federal education department.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 4:37pm
After a full day of discussions about public education among a select group of establishment educators and allied think-tank types, the best recommendation they could all come up with is the need for more “effective teachers.”
Submitted by Judy Hartnett on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 11:39am
Hoping to build on state-level reforms aimed at closing the education achievement gap, the Education Department opened its Race to the Top competition to school districts on Sunday, inviting the poorest districts across the country to vie for almost $400 million in grants.