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Race to the Top Continues
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 02, 2011, 01:01 pm   

On the heels of last fall's federal Race to the Top competitive grant program, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced last week that the program will resume this year with new funding. Comprised of $200 million earmarked for former runner-ups and $500 million for new early education state initiatives, the newly revived program has yielded both praise and criticism from policymakers and state education chiefs.

Wisconsin County Judge Strikes Down Union Law
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 26, 2011, 03:23 pm   

This morning, Judge MaryAnn Sumi struck down Governor Scott Walker's budget repair law aimed at curbing union power, ending forced unionism, and closing budget shortfalls.

National Center for Education Statistics Releases Annual Report
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 26, 2011, 02:17 pm   

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the data arm of the Department of Education, today released their annual report entitled, The Condition of Education, meant to summarize important developments and trends in education using the latest available state and federal statistics. The congressionally mandated report is considered a snapshot of education trends across the country and is used by policymakers to determine current patterns and understand educational populations.
AAE Signs on in Opposition to National Curriculum
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 25, 2011, 07:41 pm   

The following statement can be attributed to the Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.

The Association of American Educators has joined a coalition of other influential groups and individuals from across the political and education spectrum in opposition to a nationalized curriculum. In conjunction with opposing a national curriculum, AAE also opposes the ongoing effort by the U.S. Department of Education to have two federally-funded testing consortia develop national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national instructional materials, and national assessments using Common Core's national standards as a basis for these efforts.

AAE State Policy Update May 24, 2011
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 25, 2011, 06:37 pm   

With the 2011 legislative session coming to an eventful end, states across the country have been on a quest for months to implement sweeping education and labor reform legislation. What began with a bang in Wisconsin has grown into a full-scale movement in states throughout the country. While each state is experiencing reform on different levels, it is impossible to ignore that this year will have a nationwide impact on the face of education and labor for generations to come.

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