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Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2010
As governors and state legislators gear up for a new year of budget action and policymaking, the federal Race to the Top competition is helping drive a flurry of measures nationwide aimed, at least in part, at making states stronger candidates for a slice of the $4 billion in education grants. Those efforts emerge as a priority in the 2010…
Descriptors: Grants, Statewide Planning, State Standards, Change Strategies
Education Week, 2010
Quality Counts 2010 is the 14th edition of "Education Week's" annual report card on American public education as viewed through the lens of the states' education policies and outcomes. As in the past, this year's edition is built on twin foundations: (1) the detailed data collection and analysis of the Editorial Projects in Education…
Descriptors: National Standards, State Surveys, Public Education, Educational Quality
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2009
The U.S. Department of Education's proposed guidelines for awarding $4 billion in Race to the Top Fund money send a strong message that any state hoping to land a competitive grant should expect to allow student test scores to be used in decisions about teacher compensation and evaluation. The draft plans outlined by department officials last…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Guidelines, Politics of Education, Evaluation Criteria
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2009
Federal education officials will face a variety of obstacles in running a $650 million innovation fund, from an expected flood of applications and concern about favoritism in picking winners, to skepticism about the government's ability to drive innovative change in education. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education--which last month offered…
Descriptors: Grants, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation, Federal Programs
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2004
Out amid the weed-choked factory lots and the bare yards of housing projects in Birmingham, Alabama, Steve Orel has become a kind of hero. The 50-year-old Orel runs the World of Opportunity School out of an old industrial building. Affectionately known as WOO, the school is a private, shoestring operation that offers students who have fallen…
Descriptors: High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Educational Policy, Educational Testing