In the News: Common Core Adoption Finalized

At the August meeting of the State Board of Education, Board members finalized the adoption process for the Common Core Standards in literacy and mathematics.  In June, the Board passed a temporary rule allowing the standards to be adopted.  This month’s action follows the thirty-day…

School Improvement Grants: About the Winners

As the list now stands (see below), every winner is either a failing school (4) and/or a school in a failing district (4), with the exception of Wingfield High School, which is labeled at-risk-of-failing.  There are 7 school districts represented, 3 of these are municipal…

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…