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Report Analyzes First Round of Race to the Top
posted by: Colin | April 08, 2010, 10:45 am

The New Teacher Project (TNTP) has released a thorough, PowerPoint-style analysis of the first round of Race to the Top, complete with recommendations for the Department of Education. The report is detailed and few of our readers will have the time to read it all, but here are some interesting highlights:  Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Phase 1 Winners: Delaware and Tennessee
posted by: Colin | March 29, 2010, 11:07 am

The Obama administration announced that Delaware and Tennessee scored the highest on their Race to the Top proposals and will be awarded $100 million and $500 million, respectively. Both applications rely heavily on tracking student performance and linking it to teacher evaluation and even bonus pay.  Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Round 1 Finalists Named
posted by: Colin | March 04, 2010, 01:08 pm

Today the Department of Education announced the states that will advance as finalists for phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion effort to reward reforms, such as   Continue Reading...

Why Do Unions Oppose Race to the Top Funding?
posted by: Colin | January 07, 2010, 09:56 am

Florida Education Association president Andy Ford published an open letter to Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith voicing his opposition to the way the Education Department's Race to the Top program is being operated. "The Race to the Top dollars will not have the desired impact," Ford claims, and, according to Education Week, the FEA and other state unions are threatening withholding their endorsement of state applications, "jeopardize the states' chances of winning the coveted federal dollars." Why would the unions do this?  Continue Reading...

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