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2011-12 Federal Budget: Department of Education Overview PDF - Provides an overview of the 2011-12 federal education budget, identifies programs that experienced significant funding changes from last year’s budget, and breaks out 2011 vs. 2012 appropriations for key federal programs. (Emily Workman, ECS, January 2012)...

Estimating the Impact of the American Jobs Act PDF - On September 12, President Obama submitted the "American Jobs Act of 2011" (AJA) to the U.S. Congress. The AJA contains $450 billion in tax cuts and spending programs designed to spur employment. This alert discusses the details of the proposal....

Race to the Top Round II Winners PDF - Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced 10 Race to the Top (RttT) round II winners. Almost $3.4 billion remains in RttT federal funds and should be awarded to the 10 winning round II applicants by October. Two states, Delaware and Tennessee won grants in round I of the competition earlier this year. Secretary Duncan stated in that "[w]e’re very hopeful there will be a Phase 3 of Race to the Top and have requested $1.35 billion dollars in next year’s budget" to continue the grant competition. (Molly Ryan, Education Commission of the States, August 2010)...

Pay for Performance Proposals in Race to the Top Round II Applications PDF - The Education Commission of the States reviewed all 36 Race to the Top (RttT) Round II applications. Each of the 36 states that applied for Round II funding referenced pay for performance under the heading of "Improving teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance." The majority of states outlined pay for performance initiatives to be implemented upon receipt of RttT funds. Key takeaways from the 36 applications are reviewed in this paper. (Stephanie Rose, July 2010)...

Proposed Cuts in Race to the Top Funding: Potential Impact on States MS Word PDF - This briefing memo summarizes recent Race to the Top developments and breaks down the remaining funds available to round II applicants before and after the House’s proposed $500 million budget cut. ECS estimates the number of states that could receive round II funding, and the potential impact on states of the proposed budget cut. (Stephanie Rose, Education Commission of the States, July 2010)...

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Proposed State Uses of Stabilization Funding PDF - This ECS Alert examines stabilization funding and includes information on front-loading of funds versus actual spending, splitting education funds and state variation on planned expenditures of government service issues. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, November 2009)...

Investing in Innovation Fund PDF - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced the proposed priorities for grants under the $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3 grants). Although these funds are directed toward individual school districts or groups of school districts, this Alert presents ways in which states could assist districts or consortiums with their grant applications. (Molly Ryan, Education Commission of the States, October 2009)...

An American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding Opportunity: Redesigning Remedial and Developmental Education MS Word PDF - This ECS Alert describes the various sources of ARRA funds and offers suggestions for how states and postsecondary institutions might use this funding for one-time investments in education technology and curriculum development. Such investments would help meet the education and training needs of the growing dislocated worker population while also increasing the long-term level of institutional productivity. (Bruce Vandal, Education Commission of the States, June 2009) ...

Maximizing Reform in the Stimulus Bill: Supporting Effective Early Education MS Word PDF - Countless studies have shown that high-quality pre-kindergarten programs narrow achievement gaps and produce long-term gains in student learning and educational attainment. States have made substantial investments in pre-K and other early education programs over the past decade. But current state budget shortfalls threaten states’ progress in improving access to high-quality early education programs. This ECS Briefing Memo argues that the solution is to use ARRA funds to creatively support quality early education programs. (Sara Mead, The New America Foundation and the Education Commission of the States, May 2009)...

Maximizing Education Reform in the Stimulus Bill: Enhancing Summer Learning Programs MS Word PDF - A joint paper from the Education Commission of the States and the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University identifies how states can use summer learning programs to maximize new federal funds while also increasing their chances of receiving additional federal funding through the Race to the Top awards program. (Jeff Smink and Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States and National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, April 2009)...

State ARRA Web Sites MS Word PDF - The following table provides links to ARRA education-related Web pages developed by state executive branches (governor's office or a delegated agency) and state education agencies (SEA). Where states have two ARRA-related Web sites — both sites are listed. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, April 2009)...

Race to the Top: Promising State Models MS Word PDF - Through the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Education will conduct a national competition among states for a $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" incentive program designed to push states to improve education quality and results. The Race to the Top fund will help drive substantial gains in student achievement by supporting states that make dramatic progress on four reform goals outlined in the ARRA. Race to the Top grants will be awarded in two rounds — fall 2009 and spring 2010. This overview document provides links to legislation and other state sources highlighted in ECS’ March 2009 "Race to the Top" Briefing Memos on Goals 1, 2, 3 and 4. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, March 2009)...

Maximizing Education Reform in the Stimulus Bill: Building State Innovation Funds PDF - As states prepare for the disbursement of billions of dollars from the stimulus’ stabilization fund, many state officials are grappling with how to best simultaneously shore up district budget deficits and maximize the opportunity to reform policies and practices that impede student achievement. Education Commission of the States (ECS) and Teach for America (TFA) have produced an idea paper for states to consider as each begins this important work. (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, March 2009)...

ECS Policy Alert MS Word PDF - The "Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" contains almost $100 billion in new federal education spending. ECS staff have produced a short summary of the bill to help state policymakers better understand its implications. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, February 2009)...

Economic Situation in the States PDF - A recent presentation from Senior Finance Policy Anlayst Mike Griffith takes a look at (1) The national and state economic situation; (2) How past economic downturns have impacted education spending; and (3) How education budgets will be impacted. (Education Commmission of the States, Mike Griffith, December 2008)...

Evaluating ARRA Programs and Other Educational Reforms: A Guide for States - This guide provides straightforward strategies to help integrate evaluation into educational reform efforts. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided states and districts with important opportunities to strengthen efforts to improve educational outcomes for all children by implementing new comprehensive reform initiatives or expanding existing innovative programs. (American Institutes for Research and Mathematica Policy Research, April 2011)...

More to Do, But Less Capacity To Do It: States' Progress in Implementing the Recovery Act Education Reforms - This report, based on an October 2010 survey of state education officials, discusses state education budgets, implementation of initiatives to support the four American Recovery and Reinvestment Act reform assurances, state education agency capacity, and Race to the Top. The authors found that while federal stimulus funds have helped states build momentum for school reform, state budget woes threaten to stall progress. (Center on Education Policy, February 2011)...

The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and Higher Education Spending in the States - An examination of available state budget information can help address whether the stabilization fund was successful in supporting state higher education spending or if it enabled states to make larger cuts to their higher education spending than they otherwise would have. This paper is the first in a four-part series examining the stabilization fund's effect on state spending for higher education. (New America Foundation, December 2010)...

Big Money for School Improvement: Title I School Improvement Funds Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations - This report outlines how ARRA funds are distributed to school districts and what types of activities those funds can support. (Center on Education Policy, April 2009)...


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