Report: Race to the Top isn’t delivering big results

The Obama administration’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top, can’t deliver much educational improvement in America’s public schools because there is a huge mismatch in its mandates and what is actually possible to accomplish with the provided funding and…

AM News: Duncan Tours While California Delays

Arne Duncan sells benefits of Common Core standards, technology to Arizona students Washington Post: Simone Ufondu, 11, stepped onto Bus 2001 Wednesday morning and slid into a seat next to a tall stranger. Simone, a sixth-grader at Dodge Middle School, …

Let’s Reverse the Damage From Race to the Top, EPI Report Says

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute finds big flaws in the Race to the Top program and questions how much the $4 billion spent to spur education improvements in the states will actually narrow achievement gaps and improve …

Will Congress Get Rid of Sequestration? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Here we go again: Brokedown Congress is gearing up for its umpteenth game of fiscal chicken, as lawmakers have to craft not one, but likely three separate budget agreements over the next several months to keep the federal government from …

Update: Diverse NOLA Charter Opens, Duncan Nixes ELL Preference

Remember that school in the works a couple of years ago in New Orleans, where the goal was to take some of the best elements of private progressive and structured charter schools and make a diverse environment?  

Its founder, …

What’s Next For Education in Congress

Congress is back in town this week, but education legislation is likely to remain on the back burner in both chambers for the next month—and maybe even for the rest of the year. One major reason? Syria. Another big …

AM News: USDE Nixes NYC Charter Schools’ Diversity Effort

Facing federal funding freeze, Success to nix lottery preference GothamSchools: The charter school network is making the revision under pressure from the U.S. Department of Education, which has mandated the change as a condition to continue receiving $15 million in grants …

AM News: Things Ed Groups Would [Still] Like DC To Do

Reform groups call for release of delayed teacher prep regs [again] Politico: The groups say the new regulations are held up at the White House Office of Management and Budget, which reviews them before publication in the Federal Register. How long …

Great Academia Action

Justin Reich pours a little water on Carnegie Learning’s claims that their Cognitive Tutor program “doubles” a year’s worth of Algebra learning:

But where I’m flummoxed is how we are supposed to provide practicing educators with the tools to evaluate …

BFTP: A second Thanksgiving Day

A weekend Blue Skunk “feature” will be a revision of an old post. I’m calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post, July 5, 2008.

curmudgeon: An ill tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or