School Improvement Grant Award Received But Mississippi List Revised

In July, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced the 8 winners of the School Improvement Grant competition at the State Board of Education Meeting.  As we reported last month, these 8 winning school proposals were each slated to receive three-year grants for their school…

Race to the Top Winners by the Numbers

The following is a list of facts about winners in Rounds I and II of Race to the Top (RTTT): 12 Number of winning states 7 Number of winning states that received Race to the Top technical assistance grants from the Gates Foundation technical assistance…

Try, Try Again: Race to the Top Round III?

As we reported last month, Congress is working to appropriate new money for a possible Round III of Race to the Top to take place in 2011.  Although the pot of funds is likely to be significantly less than the Obama administration has requested–and tremendously…

Race to the Top: Mississippi Results, At Least We Beat Alabama

The U.S. Department of Education announced the ten winners of Race to the Top Round II on August 24.  Joining Tennessee and Delaware in the winners’ circle were the District of Columbia (450), Florida (453), Georgia (447), Hawaii (463), Maryland (450, Massachusetts (471), New York…

Teen Pregnancy on the Rise

After more than a decade on the decline, the number of teen girls getting pregnant has gone up. Is it a blip or the start of a disturbing trend?

President Obama Discusses Education as an Economic Issue

“Now, I know some argue that during a recession, we should focus solely on economic issues … but education is an economic issue, if not the economic issue, of our time,” Obama said at the National Urban League’s 100th Anniversary Convention in Washington. “We’ve tolerated…

Race to the Top and Mississippi

[Rachel is interviewed about Mississippi’s 2010 Conversion Charter School Act.] Race to the Top Leaves Some School Reformers Weary by Stephanie Banchero Wall Street Journal–June 1, 2010 President Barack Obama’s signature education initiative has encouraged the overhaul of state laws governing charter schools, teacher evaluations…

Mississippi’s Race to the Top

Mississippi’s Statewide Advisory Committee for Race to the Top met today in Jackson to discuss MDE’s draft application.  There is a tremendous amount of work to do between now and June 1, the Round II application deadline.  A lot of the ideas presented were concepts…