Sattler: So Much For "RTTT-Ing" NCLB Dollars
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was abundantly clear in response to House Budget Committee member inquiries at yesterday's hearing on the Education Department's budget proposal: Title I will never be competitively funded. (Duncan's opening statement, which he read word for word, is here.)
On the other hand, any additional funds *will* go into competitive grants. He said that Tom Skelton Jim Shelton, who is running the yet-to-be-announced Investing in Innovation grant competition, is currently wrestling with the key question of how to assist small and rural districts without grant writers. (By the way, that competition announcement seems WAY overdue.)
As noted in the Washington Post, Committee members seemed awfully touchy when Duncan referred to the funding for Teach for America as an "earmark." Since when is funding, requested by a Member of Congress, placed into an agency's budget for a specific company, and not requested by that agency, NOT an earmark?
Cheryl L. Sattler, Ph.D., is senior partner at Ethica, LLC. She writes and provides technical assistance about Federal education programs, and can be reached at www.ethicallc.com.