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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)...

7/27/2010--Race to the Top Round II Finalists PDF...

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)...

Investing in Innovation Fund - Update MS Word PDF - Updates information about the i3 grants. Provides the timeline, the application grading scale and information about the cost-sharing or matching. The i3 grants are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and are directed toward individual school districts or groups of school districts and entrepreneurial nonprofits partnering with school districts. Although states are not eligible to apply, there may be ways in which states could assist districts or consortiums with their grant applications. (ECS, March 2010)...

State Budget Shortfalls: Postsecondary Education Impacts PDF - Prior to the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), states faced budgetary shortfalls that forced cuts to postsecondary budgets. Since the passage of ARRA, state agencies and postsecondary education staff are relieved that many postsecondary budget cuts can be restored. However, caution should be used when spending State Fiscal Stabilization Funds on programs or positions that require recurring funds. If states are not careful and thoughtful about how stabilization money is spent, they will face similar financial issues in two years. (Kristen Maloney, 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)...

Scopes of Work: How Select Districts are Using Race to the Top Funds - This legislative brief outlines the process and requirements of Tennessee’s Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative. Additionally, the LEAs highlighted in this brief provide examples of RTTT implementation in different districts. (OREA, September 2011)...

State Grants under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund - After spending $44 billion in federal education aid to shore up sagging budgets, states report that they've made progress in improving school data systems and more equitably distributing highly qualified teachers. Questions remain about the states’ overall progress on key education improvement priorities mandated under the stimulus funding. Select a state to view their report. (U.S. Department of Education, May 2011)...

Schools and the Stimulus: How America's Public School Districts Are Using ARRA Funds - This survey in the AASA 2009 Summer Surveys series finds that a lack of flexibility in the funding and the use of the money to backfill federal, state and local budget holes have limited the ability of districts to implement innovative reforms and change. (Noelle Ellerson, American Association of School Administrators, August 2009)...


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