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Indianapolis' Warren Township Wins $28.5 Million Race To The Top Grant

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks in Gary in 2011.

The only Indiana school district to make it to the final round of the Race to the Top competition will receive approximately $28.5 million from the federal grant program, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township was one of 16 school districts selected from more than 300 applicants. […]

The Indiana Districts 'Racing' For A $400M Federal Prize

23 Indiana school corporations have formally expressed interest in applying for a share in a $400 million pot of federal money at stake in a nationwide competition for school districts called Race To The Top. Obama administration officials will dole out the cash to districts who most impress them by “demonstrat[ing] how they can personalize education […]

Will 'No Child' Waivers Leave Behind At-Risk Students?

Congressional Democrats and civil rights groups have been waving red flags over the Obama administration’s plans to waive key requirements of the No Child Left Behind act for states, and it looks like federal education officials have noticed. They’re concerned the formal requests for “flexibility” Indiana and ten other states sent to the U.S. Department of Education […]

What Obama's 'No Child' Waivers Say About The State Of The Union

President Barack Obama delivers his 2011 State of the Union Address.

With re-writes of the unpopular No Child Left Behind law stalled in Congress, President Obama could turn to the issue during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. It would be a logical step leading into a re-election campaign which might be driven as much by what Congress failed to do as it is by what the President managed to achieve during his last 4 years in office.

US Secretary Of Education Opposes School Vouchers In Indiana, Supports 'Good' Charter Schools

US Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan told Lakeshore Public Broadcasting’s Steve Walsh that he disagrees with efforts in Indiana to expand school voucher options in the state. Duncan argues the state needs to emphasize strong public school options including high quality charter schools, rather than subsidizing private schools. “On the school vouchers question, the governor […]

'Do We Really Need Another NCLB Hearing?'

That’s the question the WashPo Answer Sheet blog’s Valerie Strauss poses on the eve of a scheduled hearing in the U.S. House Education Committee on federal accountability standards under No Child Left Behind: And if there is one thing we need, it is one more hearing during which witnesses can repeat the same complaints they […]

Duncan Repeats Desire For Better Public Schools, Not Private School Vouchers

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan repeated his intentions to “never support school voucher programs” during a “Twitter town hall” streamed online at the Education Department’s website. It’s a stance Duncan has taken before: vouchers take state resources away from public schools. “I want great public education. A seven year old doesn’t know whether he’s […]

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