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Monday, February 1, 2010

President Obama's education budget highlights...the long road to reform starts here?

The US DOE has posted President Obama's education budget, which confirms that the new Race To The Top goals will inform spending going forward in the near term. Some highlights:

* $539 million for innovative teacher and leader reforms such as performance pay, bringing the total to $950 million, and $269 million for teacher and leader recruitment and preparation, bringing the total to $405 million.
* $354 million for school turnaround grants, bringing the total up to $900 million.
* $250 million for special education students, bringing the IDEA Grants to States total to $11.755B
* $210 million for Promise Neighborhoods, a new competitive grant program modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone that combines comprehensive social services with school improvements in order to transform whole neighborhoods.
* $197 million for programs designed to promote a well-rounded education, supporting comprehensive literacy, STEM and other core subjects including history and arts.
* $81 million for expanding educational options, including at total of $365.5 million in funding for charter and other autonomous schools.

The budget...
...does not seem to mention "No Child Left Behind." See ya.
...features a continued heavy emphasis on merit pay, expansion of charter schools, and closing failing schools.
...includes $14.5 billion for states to align standards with college and career-readiness, but those standards are still in the works. Trying to achieve a consensus should be interesting, to say the least.

Stay tuned...

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