Race to the Top District Winners Already Changing Their Plans

Nine months after the U.S. Department of Education named 16 winners to share $400 million in the first Race to the Top for districts, change orders already are being approved.

The 16 winners have pitched ambitious plans to dramatically improve

U.S. House Kicks Off Renewal of Career and Technical Education Legislation

Career and Technical Education legislation has always been bipartisan—and lawmakers in the House are hoping that an upcoming reauthorization can continue the tradition.

CTE is the largest federal program for high schools, funded at about $1.13 billion. And its focus—career …

Federal Guidance Given States on Testing Flexibility

By guest blogger Catherine Gewertz. Cross-posted from Curriculum Matters.

In new guidance issued Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education offered states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring, as long as they administer field tests being designed …

Jobs for top US businesses

The rate of unemployment in the USA has dropped from approximately 7.6 per cent to around 7.4 per cent. Above has marked probably the least rate since what was observed in the year 2008 the month of December. More Americans …

Union and District Leaders Collaborate at CalTURN

The headlines concerning teachers unions and policymakers usually concern some kind of conflict, ranging from divergent positions on bills and ballot measures, to lawsuits and strikes. These stories mostly emerge at the state level, or from the larger cities and …

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, …

Thompson: Did Dunbar High School Have To Be Sacrificed?

Alison Stewart, in her excellent new book, First Class, which documents the rise and fall of Washington D.C.’s Dunbar High School, does not do counter-factual history. Maybe I shouldn’t either, but I can’t help myself.

Stewart tells the powerful story …

Connecting the People on the Scene of an Emergency at Your School

The following is a guest post by Erik Endress.

In the days following December 14th, 2012 school administrators, educators, law enforcement personnel and parents have undertaken the most comprehensive look at school safety since the Columbine massacre of 1999. While …

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 …

Uniquely Unqualified

In case you missed it because it’s the end of August and you’re on a news embargo, Governor Christie has appointed a new Superintendent for the Camden City schools. The governor says that his new appointee, Paymon Rouhanifard, 34, has …