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Tomassini, Jason – Education Week, 2012
Two years after the U.S. Department of Education awarded $650 million in Investing in Innovation grants, some of the winners are still facing financial uncertainty. Other grantees have also encountered problems with matching funds coming through, and some nonprofit grantees have been forced to contribute their own money to match the initial…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Competition, Awards, Grants
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
Back in 2008, it wasn't clear just where candidate Barack Obama's heart lay when it came to the big issues facing schools. Although Mr. Obama had been a community organizer, a law professor, and a state legislator, the junior U.S. senator from Illinois didn't have a long record on K-12 issues, and he rarely spoke about them in his presidential…
Descriptors: Presidents, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
The federal program providing billions of dollars to help states and districts close or remake some of their worst-performing schools remains a work in progress after two years, with more than 1,200 turnaround efforts under way but still no definitive verdict on its effectiveness. The School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, supercharged by a…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Educational Change, School Turnaround, Grants
Cavanagh, Sean; Hollingsworth, Heather – Education Week, 2011
States are finally arriving at the "funding cliff"--the point where about $100 billion in federal economic-stimulus aid for education runs out. The loss seems certain to compound severe budget woes and could mean thousands of school layoffs and the elimination of popular programs and services in districts across the country. The bulk of…
Descriptors: School District Spending, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Layoff, Retrenchment
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
Two years after Congress made the federal government's largest one-time investment in the nation's public schools, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act--the economic-stimulus package--has prevented massive teacher layoffs, spurred states to devise sweeping education overhaul plans, and invigorated the national conversation about turning…
Descriptors: Economic Impact, Federal Aid, Educational Finance, Federal Legislation
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
Ambitious student-achievement targets turn up the heat, as winners of the $4 billion federal grant effort push to deliver. Winners of the $4 billion Race to the Top jackpot committed to grand goals in using the federal grants to raise student achievement, as measured by higher test scores, narrowed achievement gaps, and increased graduation and…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Academic Achievement, Competition, Incentive Grants
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
As students around the country begin the 2011-2012 school year, many of them will be returning to districts that have been forced to restructure their operations in the face of budget cuts. Leaders of those school systems have sought to avoid cuts that they believe would weaken instruction. But they also believe the reductions will put a strain on…
Descriptors: Budgeting, Retrenchment, School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
President Barack Obama is putting new money to save educators' jobs and help states refurbish aging school facilities at the center of a nearly $450 billion plan to jump-start the sluggish economy. The author talks about the president's plan which is sure to face hurdles in a politically polarized Washington where one house of Congress is…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Finance, Educational Facilities Improvement, Teacher Employment
Education Week, 2011
This year's "Quality Counts" report, the 15th edition of this annual report produced through the joint efforts of the "Education Week" newsroom and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, arrives at a time of continued fiscal anxiety and education policy ferment in the wake of what has been widely described as the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Economic Climate, Educational Finance, Educational Quality
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
A prominent and sustained White House push for renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is viewed as crucial to prospects for the 9-year-old law's reauthorization by a now-divided Congress. The law's current version, the No Child Left Behind Act, was President George W. Bush's signature domestic achievement when it was passed…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation