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Monday, April 7, 2014

Obama: Students need help to get ‘in-demand jobs’

Boston.com – Jim Kuhnhenn

“President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the ‘‘in-demand jobs of the future’’.”(more)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Program will help cash-strapped teachers fund their projects

The L.A. Times – Teresa Watanabe

“The L.A. Fund for Public Education will announce a groundbreaking initiative that will give teachers access to hundreds of millions in funding opportunities.”(more)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

School Improvement Grants: The Disaster Continues

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“As you might remember, several months ago, the Department released second-year results, meaning two years of data from cohort-one SIG schools and one year of data from cohort-two schools. But they had to retract the data because of mistakes made by a contractor.”(more)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Race to the Top spending hasn’t translated to most classrooms

The Charlotte Observer – Lynn Bonner

“The state has used most of the $400 million federal Race to the Top education grant it won three years ago to upgrade technology, revamp teacher training, and change teacher and principal evaluations”(more)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

We Have to Quit Playing Catch-Up

Homeroom – Libby Doggett

“Only one in three four-year-olds attend a high-quality preschool program — and the number for three-year-olds is much lower…Today, six states learned that they will have vital new support to build systems that help to solve that problem. Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) funding was awarded to Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont.”(more)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Red-Tape Concerns Raised on Federal High School Aid

Education Week – Michele McNeil and Alyson Klein

“A new $100 million program aimed at helping high schools better prepare students for college and high-tech careers is getting a divided reaction from advocates worried its value could be undercut by the federal strings and lengthy application form.”(more)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

High Schools to Compete for $100 Million in New Race to the Top-Style Contest

Education Week – Michele McNeil

“Today, the Obama administration will announce details of a $100 million competition for high schools that better prepare students for college and high-tech careers, U.S. Department of Education officials confirmed this morning.”(more)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

National Academy Launches Initiative to Boost K-12 Engineering Education

Education Week – Alyssa Morones

“As engineering education gains a stronger foothold at the K-12 level, the National Academy of Engineering is launching an initiative to help guide educators into what is often unfamiliar terrain.”(more)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NSF Grant to Help Connect Pittsburgh Teachers With Mathematicians

Education Week – Alyssa Morones

“The National Science Foundation is providing $8 million to help the Pittsburgh, Pa., school district improve math instruction at the secondary level and close the opportunity gap faced by minority and low-income students. One key dimension of the initiative is to bring together teachers with mathematicians to strengthen teaching practices in the subject.”(more)

Friday, October 18, 2013

16 States and D.C. Submit Applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

ED.gov – Kenneth Wolfe

“The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Departments) announced today that 16 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), a $280 million state-level competitive grant program to improve early learning and development…The RTT-ELC competition focuses on five key areas of reform:”(more)