Sunday, December 18, 2011

Federal issues: RTTT, NCLB, Waivers: NO GRANTS FOR "OUR BABIES" FROM PA AND NJ


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NO GRANTS FOR “OUR BABIES” FROM PA AND NJ

"Nothing is more important than getting our babies off to a good start," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.  Nothing, perhaps except the whole absurd notion of the Obama/Duncan/Gates “Race” to the Top….LAF

Pennsylvania, New Jersey lose out in race for education grant

By Rita Giordano Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Sat, Dec. 17, 2011, 3:01 AM

Pennsylvania and New Jersey were among the losers in the latest competition for federal Race to the Top education grants.New Jersey, which placed 15th, could have received up to $60 million and Pennsylvania, at 16th, up to $70 million, according to a federal Education Department spokesman.

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20111217_Pennsylvania__New_Jersey_lose_out_in_race_for_education_grant.html

 

 There is no concrete evidence that any of the Race to the Top reforms actually improve student achievement, but when has education policy paid attention to research?”

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Jon Stewart takes on Obama’s school reform — again

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
Jon Stewart showed considerable restraint this week when he welcomed Melody Barnes, President Obama’s chief of domestic policy, on The Daily Show and she spoke about the administration’s education reforms in a way that revealed how out of touch the White House is on the subject.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/jon-stewart-takes-on-obamas-school-reform--again/2011/12/15/gIQATwwayO_blog.html

 

Duncan's Dilemma: What will be Done to States without NCLB Waivers?

 Anthony Cody  
As No Child Left Behind becomes an ever bigger disaster, Secretary Duncan faces a major dilemma. How can he continue to enforce this law he has declared a train wreck?

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2011/12/duncans_dilemma.html

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