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California Teachers' Retirement System Massively Underfunded
posted by: Colin | April 06, 2010, 03:00 pm   

According to a study by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, California public pensions are underfunded by over $500 billion, including the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the University of California's retirement system (UCRS). Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Winners: Blog Round-up
posted by: Colin | March 29, 2010, 01:18 pm   

Some of the feedback from education blogs about Delaware & Tennessee winning in phase 1 of the Race to the Top program: Continue Reading...
Race to the Top Phase 1 Winners: Delaware and Tennessee
posted by: Colin | March 29, 2010, 11:07 am   

The Obama administration announced that Delaware and Tennessee scored the highest on their Race to the Top proposals and will be awarded $100 million and $500 million, respectively. Both applications rely heavily on tracking student performance and linking it to teacher evaluation and even bonus pay. Continue Reading...

March 2010 Education Matters: Head Start Lags Behind
posted by: Colin | March 22, 2010, 01:30 pm   

The March 2010 issue of Education Matters (now available for non-members to read and download) includes an article about a recent study of the federal Head Start program, "Head Start Lags Behind." The study reveals "few sustained benefits" for the students, despite the program costing $7 billion per year. In fact, the results are even less promising when, as the article's author, Lindsey Burke notes, it becomes clear the Department of Health and Human Services study used less rigorous standards when measuring data. Continue Reading...

Obama Reauthorization Blueprint for NCLB
posted by: Colin | March 22, 2010, 09:29 am   

Last week the Obama administration released a reauthorization blueprint for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, designed to advise lawmakers on reauthorization of his predecessor's signature education accomplishment: No Child Left Behind. Overdue for reauthorization since 2007, NCLB reform would fulfill a campaign promise and might offer an opportunity for bipartisanship after a grueling party-line health care reform battle. Continue Reading...

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