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In a video message, Secretary Arne Duncan discusses how the department is committed to fixing No Child Left Behind and doing it in a bipartisan way. Duncan also talks about recruiting “the next generation of great talent” into the teaching profession and the TEACH.gov website.

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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the winners of the second round of the Race to the Top competition.

The 10 winning Phase 2 applications are: the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

During the second phase of the competition, 35 states and the District of Columbia applied for a portion of the $3.4 billion remaining funds. That list dwindled down to 19 finalists last month. The 10 winners were decided based on the scores they received from peer-review panels. All the winners received a score of more than 440 out of a possible 500. In the first phase of the competition, only the two winners, Delaware and Tennessee scored above 440.

The 10 winning applicants have adopted rigorous common, college- and career-ready standards in reading and math, created pipelines and incentives to put the most effective teachers in high-need schools, and all have alternative pathways to teacher and principal certification.

The $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund includes $4 billion for statewide reform grants and $350 million to support states working together to improve the quality of their assessments, which the Department plans to award in September.

Sources: ABC News and the Department of Education

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With the Obama administration sharply increasing federal financing to $3.5 billion this year to turnaround failing schools, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pushing to overhaul 5,000 of the nation’s 100,000 public schools in the next few years, scores of companies with little or no experience are portraying themselves as school-turnaround experts as they compete for the money, the New York Times reports.

For example: a corporation, which has run into trouble with parents and authorities in several states for its charter school management business, has now opened a school-turnaround subsidiary, and a husband-and-wife team, which specializes in teaching communication skills but never led a single school overhaul, is seeking contracts in Ohio and Virginia.

Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonprofit group in Washington told the New York Times that many of the new companies seem unprepared for the challenge of making over a public school, yet neither the federal government nor many state governments are organized to offer effective oversight. Read the entire article.

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The National Education Association (NEA)  has put forward its most detailed list of recommendations for the overhaul of the reconstruction of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The teachers’ union made clear that its blueprint for renewing the ESEA offers a fresh approach to the law. The 170-page document coincides with the union’s positive agenda for the ESEA, introduced in 2006, and focuses on many of the major, hot-button issues for example; testing, school accountability, and teacher quality.

Also, included in NEA recommendations is a proposal for fewer standardized tests. States would be required to administer only two, one in the 4-6 grades and one in the 7-9 grades. Compared to the current law, these new proposed requirements are less than half of the testing requirements implemented in the current law. The union’s plan also excludes “teacher effectiveness” and includes a variety of measures like ones such as asking students to submit portfolios of their work to gauge student and school progress.

In this new plan a school’s progress would be assessed by how much growth a school made towards an annual performance target and by how effective it was in closing the achievement gap.

For more information about NEA’s new recommendations for ESEA, read this article, “NEA Plan for Rewriting NCLB Departs from Obama’s” by EducationNews.org and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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On February 23, 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Governors Association winter meeting about the Obama Administration’s education agenda. According to the Department of Education, Duncan praised governors for their leadership and participation in a 48-state effort to raise standards on a voluntary basis.

Duncan also discussed rewarding, encouraging and learning from high-performing schools. He also mentioned the importance of turning around low-performing schools. The meeting ended with a question and answer session. Watch the video of the 2010 National Governors Association Meeting and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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According to an eSchoolNews.com article entitled, “Duncan: Schools Need to be More Creative,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held a town hall meeting on December 15, 2009 and urged education leaders to close the digital gap and allow all students the opportunity access to the best technology in the world.

Duncan mentions that students around the world are out numbering American students in their use of new technologies. He made it clear that the reason why students in other countries are doing better is because they are in school longer, more specifically students in other countries are in school 25 to 30 percent longer than American students. He also reiterated that college and career readiness is one of the Department of Education’s main education priorities.

Read the article, “Duncan: Schools Need to be More Creative” and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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According to a recent Edweek.org article entitled “Duncan Aims to Make Incentives Key Element of ESEA,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wants to begin focusing on creating federal incentives for high-performing schools, districts, states, and states in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The Department of Education (ED) is considering certain proposals that would offer greater independence, recognition, and resources for schools and districts that are making significant progress in student achievement and are committed to adopting college- and career-readiness standards.

According to the article, Duncan mentions that they are few incentives for high-performing schools under the “No Child Left Behind Act” and he wants to change that when the ESEA goes up for re-authorization early next year.

The article also highlights a video interview with Duncan discussing the re-authorization of the ESEA and his plans to revamp the legislation.

What are your thoughts about the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? Read the article, “Duncan Aims to Make Incentives Key Element of ESEA” and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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