The flood of federal stimulus money into the nation’s public schools has dramatically increased the demand for education consultants, leaving some stimulus recipients struggling to find seasoned advisors and others uneasy about the pitches they are [...]
In Sherry Longstreth’s third-grade classroom at the Thomas K. Finletter Academics Plus School in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood, reading takes center stage.
The financial picture for North Carolina schools is bleaker now than during the worst of the recession. In the past two years, the federal government stepped in with hundreds of millions of dollars that prevented layoffs of teachers, administrators [...]
For months, Illinois education officials have courted private support for public education reforms that would test every kindergartner and revamp how teenagers study science and technology.
Four struggling Salem-Keizer schools promised huge gains in several benchmarks such as test scores and attendance starting this year in exchange for millions in federal School Improvement Grants.
The financial picture for North Carolina schools is bleaker now than during the worst of the recession.
Billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds given to states in 2009 were meant to ease education budgets and push schools toward educational makeovers. There’s little doubt that the more than $6 billion that Texas received repaired budget holes, [...]
Wyoming cut out early from the competitive $4.35 billion federal education grant program. The Race to the Top program required states to prove excellence and effort in four areas: adopting standards and assessments, measuring and using growth-based [...]
The fourth-graders picked up their books and scattered in pairs around the classroom. Some chose to sit at desks, others lounged on the floor.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly $4.5 million in federal stimulus money is headed to five struggling Kanawha County schools, but state and local educators say it will be years before students at those schools might show real academic progress.
Leslie Wilson’s work as a behind-the-scenes bureaucrat may involve statistical analysis and minutiae that would put most of the world to sleep, but she has suddenly become one of the most powerful people in the Maryland State Department of Education.
After six “persistently low-performing” schools in Tulsa were awarded $22.5 million, or more than 60 percent of all School Improvement Grants funded with federal stimulus money in Oklahoma, two decided to try a reform model they couldn’t possibly [...]
In the two years since Congress made the federal government’s largest one-time investment in public schools, change has rippled through classrooms from coast to coast.
Put a second candle on the $787 billion cake known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ARRA, also popularly known as the economic stimulus package, was signed into law by President Obama two years ago today.
More than $4.5 billion in school stimulus funding has been awarded to Missouri and Illinois in the past two years. Most has been spent.
If this one-time money buys largely scratch-your-back bureaucratic enrichment, the Race to the Top will be a failure. Education is too important to put these fleeting reform dollars into a “No Consultant Left Behind” fund.
In the two years since Congress made the federal government’s largest one-time investment in public schools, change has begun to ripple through classrooms from coast to coast.
For Pittsburgh Public Schools, which was already in the midst of developing and implementing a series of reforms when the economic stimulus was passed, the funding has saved about 200 teaching jobs each year.
The $3.2 billion awarded in Ohio helped to balance the current budget but also launched the state on a fundamental remaking of its system for training and evaluating teachers. But over the long term, will the investment bolster academic achievement?
Seven of the state’s worst schools are sitting in the emergency room, waiting for Columbus City Schools to heal them. Their needs are so dire, the district won about $20 million in federal stimulus money to turn them around. Now the pressure is on.
More than $12.67 million in federal stimulus dollars has poured into Centre County classrooms during the past two years.
In the two years since Congress made the federal government’s largest one-time investment in public schools, change has rippled through classrooms from coast to coast, as districts have expanded school days, improved teacher training, and tried to [...]
BRIDGEPORT–Long before lunch hour begins, the cafeteria at Harding High School fills with students sitting idly around tables. Some chat on cell phones. Others slump in chairs. Not a book in sight.
Nearly $100 billion in aid saved jobs and spurred state policy overhauls, but the long-term impact remains to be seen as the recovery act reaches its second anniversary.