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ERIC Number: EJ820798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-3
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Grants in NCLB to Aid Teaching under Scrutiny
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v28 n14 p1, 23 Dec 2008
In this article, the author talks about a report from Education Sector, a Washington think tank, which concludes that little information exists on whether the $3 billion spent annually by the federal government on teacher quality as part of the No Child Left Behind Act has improved the effectiveness of U.S. educators. The Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund--better known as Title II, Part A of NCLB--is the federal government's second-largest K-12 investment, after the Title I grants for disadvantaged students. Ninety-five percent of the funds flow to school districts, and they come with few strings attached. Although the fund has promoted some promising local practices, Title II, in general, "is not especially aligned with leading-edge [teacher-quality] efforts, and it's the federal government's big entry in this sweepstakes," said Andrew J. Rotherham, the co-director of Education Sector and the report's author. The report comes out as teacher recruitment, training, assignment, evaluation, and compensation rise to the top of the agendas of policy groups, foundations, and policymakers. In his paper, Mr. Rotherham stakes out one conceptual approach that President-elect Barack Obama and legislators could consider when they revise the program as part of the reauthorization of the NCLB law: to transform Title II into a fund for seeding innovations to the education human-capital continuum, and to disallow a handful of currently authorized activities, including class-size reduction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001