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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 [...]

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.

Indiana Student Loan Default Rate Tops All But Two Other States

It’s no secret: College is expensive. Indiana students take on a lot of debt to pay for it. As it turns out, though, it may be more debt than they can handle. Indiana’s 11.61 percent default rate on federal student loans is higher than the rates in all but two states — Arizona and Arkansas. That [...]

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 [...]

GOP To Districts: Spend Federal Money How You Want

You know it’s serious when critics, including teachers unions, are panning a recently-proposed education bill as a blow to “civil rights.” But an interest group representing local school administrators calls the measure a “breath of fresh air.” The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act, as introduced yesterday by House education committee chair John Kline (R-Minn.), would allow [...]

Purdue North Central Attendance Costs Jump 69 Percent In Three Years

Purdue University’s North Central Campus in Westville, Ind., came in at number six on a list of colleges whose costs of attendance have increased the most over the past few years. The list is part of a site the U.S. Department of Education launched Thursday as part of an effort to make data about student and [...]

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