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The USDOE Consults with the Arts Education Field on NCLB

Okay, we're not using the name NCLB anymore, and you might think this is a bait and switch, but if I used its formal name, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), you might not know what this blog is all about. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about an invitation that was extended to arts education leaders across the nation to meet with the USDOE about ways in which arts education could be supported in the reauthorization of what was formerly know as NCLB.If you want to know more about the history of ESEA, click here.Essentially, ESEA … [Read more...]

What Will New York State’s Race to the Top Application Look Like?

Recently, the New York State Department of Education  (NYSED) circulated a Public Communication and Policy Recommendations Summary for its Race to the Top (RttT) grant proposal to the nearly 700 school districts throughout New York State. In order to participate, each district is required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in support of the application. Key to all of the is that the RttT funds would be split 50-50 between NYSED and the districts. I started receiving copies of this last week from various colleagues as it made its way … [Read more...]

Have at it. $650 million available for education innovation.

Yesterday, Arne Duncan presented an outline of his $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund. They are using the term i3 as shorthand. First there was RttT, now there's, that's right: i3. Some will find ways to establish a network of new schools or develop models that turn around low performing schools. Others will find new ways to use technology. Others might explore how to engage children in the arts to help them improve. We want the best ideas to move us forward. We will be investing in great work to scale up existing programs that have … [Read more...]

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