Race to the Top’s Dropouts

May 26, 2010 | Blog

UPDATED 5/28/2010 The deadline for state applications in Phase Two of the Race to the Top (RttT) competition is next…

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October 7, 2009 | Blog

Yesterday the U.S. Education Department released proposed regulations to govern the $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund, part of the…

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Abandon All Hope (For Reform) Ye Who Enter Here!

September 11, 2009 | Blog

At first glance, one might dismiss a recent policy brief authored by a former Bush Administration official as a partisan…

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RttT: Terminate This Law!

September 3, 2009 | Blog

A new Education Week story (‘California Actions on ‘Race to the Top’ Scrutinized’) by Alyson Klein reports on efforts underway…

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RttT: Redefining Teacher Effectiveness

August 28, 2009 | Blog

My colleagues and I at the New Teacher Center have offered up what I believe to be a balanced and…

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RttT: The Odds

August 20, 2009 | Blog

The New Teacher Project’s (NTP) odds sheet on states’ chances for securing Race to the Top funding is a helpful…

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Is California’s "Firewall" Penetrable?

July 29, 2009 | Blog

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell countered criticism by Education Secretary Arne Duncan about a state law restricting the…

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Where’s That Dutch Kid?

July 28, 2009 | Blog

Gotham Schools reports that some in New York State don’t believe that the state’s law that restricts student assessment data…

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Obama’s Firewall

July 24, 2009 | Blog

Michele McNeil at Education Week‘s Politics K-12 blog reports that President Obama himself approved the Race To The Top provision…

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Student Learning and Teacher Performance

July 24, 2009 | Blog

Corrected President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan have drawn a clear line in the sand with regard to evaluating teacher…

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