Turbocharging Education R&D

Last week, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted Senator Michael Bennet (Colorado), Frederick M. Hess, and others to discuss research and development in K-12 education.  Senator Bennet has released a proposal for a new R&D project, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education (ARPA-ED), which was the main focus of the event. “If we don’t Read more about Turbocharging Education R&D[…]

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Proposed U.S. Department of Education FY 2013 Budget

The US Department of Education requested its FY2013 budget earlier this month; the key themes for funding are increasing college affordability/quality, “raising up” the teaching profession, aligning job training with workforce demands, and continuing reform.  The request includes proposed funding levels for federal programs and agencies for the next ten years, but specifically asks for Read more about Proposed U.S. Department of Education FY 2013 Budget[…]

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Shut Up and Teach?

In a recent article for The Hechinger Report, classroom teacher Eric Shieh reflects on his experiences working with his union to fight budget cuts in his district.  As a music teacher in St. Louis, he was appalled by the district’s decision in 2007 to cut student time in the arts by 64% at the middle Read more about Shut Up and Teach?[…]

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States Prodding Students to Graduate Early

To serve the dual purpose of encouraging students to achieve more, and save money in education budgets, states are beginning to push students to graduate early from high school through “ramped up” curricula and college scholarship programs.  It is anticipated that such policies, which emphasize proficiency rather than seat time, will allow students ready to Read more about States Prodding Students to Graduate Early[…]

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Lightening the Load: How Community Schools Can Support Effective Teaching

  A new paper from the Center for American Progress takes a look at the increasingly talked about “wraparound services” for children in low-income communities, and the connections to teacher efficiency.  Wraparound services generally refer to non-classroom services such as health care, family involvement programs, and food assistance.  There is research on the potential benefits Read more about Lightening the Load: How Community Schools Can Support Effective Teaching[…]

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Education and the FY 2012 Budget

The final budget for the Department of Education was finalized late last month, which will take the agency through September 30, 2012.  Overall, the Department’s funding was cut by about $153 million over last fiscal year (total funding $71.3 billion), but President Obama was able to fend off the complete annihilation of programs such as Read more about Education and the FY 2012 Budget[…]

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Proposed FY 2012 Education Budget

Last Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a 16-14 vote a bill that keeps education stagnant in the next fiscal year.  Unsurprisingly, the 16-14 vote fell along party lines, with Democrats being in favor and Republicans opposed.  The bill aims to reverse some of the cuts made to K-12 education in the current fiscal Read more about Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Proposed FY 2012 Education Budget[…]

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Last-Minute Teacher Hiring Produces Long-Lasting Effects

As the economy continues to falter, many school districts have been faced with staffing challenges.  Teacher and staff layoffs abound, but in some cases a round of layoffs is followed by another practice: last-minute hiring.  To some degree, late hiring can be considered an inevitability for schools.  Administrators don’t always know for sure how many Read more about Last-Minute Teacher Hiring Produces Long-Lasting Effects[…]

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A Better Prescription for Fixing Federal Higher Education Research

In a Higher Ed Watch article last week, Jon Oberg discussed the recent recommendations from the American Educational Research Association on how to fix the problems with the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA).  ESRA, originally signed into law in 2002, is three years overdue for reauthorization, and much of this has to do with infighting Read more about A Better Prescription for Fixing Federal Higher Education Research[…]

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Teacher Residency Programs: Successes and Barriers

In a recent Education Week article, Stephen Sawchuk turns to teacher residency programs.  These programs apprentice teacher-candidates to a mentor teacher in a high-need school for one year.  Funded in part by the USDE’s Teacher Quality Partnership grants, residents receive stipends for their on-the-job training and take coursework concurrently.  The goal is to better align Read more about Teacher Residency Programs: Successes and Barriers[…]

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Smart Spending for Better Teacher Evaluations

In its latest report, The New Teacher Project (TNTP) addresses eligible applicants of Round 3 of the Race to the Top (taking place this fall), and other states seeking to most effectively invest their time and resources in implementing revised teacher development and evaluation tools.  Their investment suggestions fall into five categories: 1.      Tools and Read more about Smart Spending for Better Teacher Evaluations[…]

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Hidden Resources, Hidden Opportunities: What States Can Do to Support Schools in Tough Times

Districts and states are facing huge budget shortfalls and are being forced to cut education spending. If the face of this economic climate Education Resource Strategies (ERS) set out to reveal the most effective ways to cut costs while maintaining results. They find that billions of education dollars are trapped each year, due to state Read more about Hidden Resources, Hidden Opportunities: What States Can Do to Support Schools in Tough Times[…]

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2011 Education Appropriations Guide

he New America Foundation’s Federal Education Budget Project (FEBP) released an issue brief on recently finalized fiscal year 2011 federal education appropriations.  The paper, 2011 Education Appropriations Guide, by FEBP Director Jason Delisle and Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Cohen, provides a summary and analysis of the $68.3 billion education budget for fiscal year 2011, using Read more about 2011 Education Appropriations Guide[…]

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The Changing Face of Education Philanthropy

In a typical year (without a stimulus bill), the federal Department of Education has about $20 million in discretionary funds. In 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave away over $373 million to education, the Walton Foundation gave approximately $134 million, and the Broad Foundation about $39 million. Education philanthropy has increased dramatically in Read more about The Changing Face of Education Philanthropy[…]

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The False Promise of Class-Size Reduction

Class-size reduction, or CSR, is enormously popular with parents, teachers, and the public in general. The latest poll results indicate that 77 percent of Americans think that additional educational dollars should be spent on smaller classes rather than higher teacher salaries. Many parents believe that their children will benefit from more individualized attention in a Read more about The False Promise of Class-Size Reduction[…]

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UNSUSTAINABLE: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable

A new book released this month by Education|Evolving associate Tim McDonald examines strategies for making schools more cost-effective and productive. Federal stimulus funding for K-12, McDonald argues, has created an impression that schools are suffering today because of the economic downturn. This is true. But the downturn is not the principle reason for their financial Read more about UNSUSTAINABLE: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable[…]

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