Category Archives: Race to the Top

31 Finalists for $120 Million Race to the Top – District Competition

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 31 applications were selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition. This program provides nearly $120 million to support locally developed plans improve student learning, increase student success and … Continue reading

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States Invited to Apply for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge; $280 Million to Be Awarded

Improving early learning opportunities for children has been a noted priority of President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Last week, the Department took another step to support young children when it released the application for the second … Continue reading

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Do Standardized Tests and Newly Developed Standards Improve Education? Poll shows Americans aren’t convinced

 The 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll collected data from over 1000 Americans ages 18+  regarding the approach to improving the educational system of America and the results showed a clear divide between policy makers and ordinary American citizens. The poll showed … Continue reading

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Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Grants Awarded to Five More States

Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Oregon and Wisconsin were all awarded grants under the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge grant program which will split $133 million among the winning states who demonstrated innovative plans to improve quality and expand … Continue reading

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Does Obama’s Win Signal Changes for Education in Second Term?

Last night’s election results – which secured wins for President Obama, Senate democrats and House republicans – have us all speculating what the next four years will hold for education policy issues.  Here are a few initial observations: Education Funding … Continue reading

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Election Day is In 53 Days, First Debate in 3 Weeks; Get Ready with CEC’s Guide to this Presidential Election

Election Day is in only 53 days – that’s less than 2 months! In the meantime, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to learn more about the candidates, their platforms and their visions for America and education. The … Continue reading

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Nearly 900 Districts Intend to Apply for the Race to the Top District Grant Competition

Almost 900 districts have submitted their intent to apply for the Race to the Top districts grants, which will provide in total $400 million to local school districts that are making strives to personalize learning, close achievement gaps and prepare … Continue reading

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DNC Platform Features General Commitments to Education and Accessibility; Does Not Mention Students with Disabilities

The Democratic National Committee unveiled its 2012 platform on Monday, the first day of the Democratic National Convention. The platform features integrated, narrative goals highlighting education as a vital necessity for improving quality of life. This includes striving to have … Continue reading

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Race to the Top for Districts? It’s Here! Are you ready to apply?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced its most recent initiative in the Race to the Top (RTTT) program – grants to individual school districts. While previous RTTT efforts have spanned birth through career, they have all been focused … Continue reading

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Universal Design for Learning Gaining Steam; Professional Development and Resources to Support Implementation Viewed as Barriers

A report issued today by the National Center on Universal Design for Learning titled  Understanding the Impact of the Race to the Top and ARRA Funding on the Promotion of Universal Design for Learning indicated that many states are pursuing … Continue reading

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