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AM News: Race to Top Progress Report Spotlights Struggles in D.C., Georgia, & Maryland

Race to Top Winners Make Progress, Face Challenges, Ed. Dept. Reports EdWeek: Education Department officials say they are most worried about three recipients for which second-year performance took a nose dive: the District of Columbia, Georgia, and Maryland. Georgia and Maryland have both struggled with implementing their teacher-evaluation systems, while the District of Columbia’s sluggish pace on school turnarounds means it has only worked with one persistently low-achieving school with its grant funds so far.

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Race to Top Progress Report: Georgia, D.C., Maryland Flounder PoliticsK12: The second annual progress report on the $4 billion Race to the Top program reveals that the majority of winners are struggling in two areas: implementing teacher- and principal-evaluation systems, and building and upgrading sophisticated data systems that will do everything from inform classroom lessons to identify students at risk of academic failure.

GOP Players in Congress Step Forward on K-12 EdWeek: Two Republicans have ascended to key education roles in a Congress with a lot on its plate when it comes K-12 policy and spending: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who has a long record on school issues, and Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana, a relative newcomer to Washington.

Skepticism of for-profit companies managing public schools HechingerReport: JACKSON, Miss. — When state officials here tried last year to recruit a for-profit company to manage schools in rural Tate County, the community outcry was swift. Concerned residents spoke out in the media, argued their case to lawmakers and circulated a petition against the “privatization” of Tate County Schools.

Ohio Governor Seeks to Expand Voucher Plan ColumbusDispatch: Administration officials stressed that under the plan no school district would receive less state aid than it did this year. That means a number of districts will remain on what is known as a “guarantee” – meaning they get more money than the formula otherwise says they should get. 

Massachusetts school districts turn to public relations aides when trouble surfaces BostonGlobe: Suburban school districts are increasingly turning to public relations professionals to manage crises and help them communicate with parents and residents, often at a cost of thousands of dollars to taxpayers.
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