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Proposed Requirements for Title I School Improvement Grants
The U.S. Department of Education published the proposed requirements for the Title I School Improvement Grants on August 26. The deadline for public comment is September 25, 2009.

Important Update: Summary of Race to the Top Draft Material
The U.S. Department of Education released the draft Race to the Top materials for comment. The Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West Comprehensive Centers developed a short, 5-page summary of the materials. This summary is not intended to replace the official regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education and is only provided as a supplemental resource.

Summary Document:
Race to the Top: Summary of Draft Priorities, Requirements, Selection Criteria, and Definitions

U.S. Department of Education Official Documents and Information:
Notice of Proposed Priorities
Press Release
Fact Sheet

Draft Guidance on Title I Waivers Released for Comments
The U.S. Department of Education has released draft guidance on waivers for new ARRA funding under Title I, Part A. The comment period on the guidance and appendices ends July 13, 2009.

The Education Stimulus: Too Big to Fail

Learning Point Associates and Mission Measurement interviewed more than 50 education leaders to determine how they are defining successful implementation of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funds. Download the report (pdf).

U.S. Department of Education Recovery Act Technical Assistance Web Conferences
The U.S. Department of Education has been conducting a series of web conference to support the management of ARRA grants. The goal of the web conference series is “to provide information and enhance communication as we all work together to spend Recovery Act funds effectively to achieve the goals of saving and creating jobs, ensuring transparency and accountability, thoughtfully investing Recovery Act funds, and improving student achievement through school improvement and reform” (USDE).

  • One of the webconferences, “Education Department Guidance and Suggestions for Completing the Recovery Act Section 1512 Quarterly Reports,” was held to provide information in assisting recipients in reporting on their expenditures of funds received under the Recovery Act
  • Information on the guidance, reporting documents, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) issued to-date can be found online at: http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/recipient-reporting 

State Board Pushes for Education Reforms, Consolidation of Services, and Revenues

Lansing, Michigan–The State Board of Education approved on a bipartisan 8-0 vote today a Resolution calling for Michigan school districts to continue to ReImagine the pre-K-12 educational system and consolidate services; as well as encouraging the state legislature and Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to immediately find the revenues necessary to reduce the funding cuts to schools.  The official press release can be found by clicking here.

Curtis Granderson's Book All You Can Be Donated to All Public
Elementary School Libraries

Lansing, Michigan–All public elementary school libraries in Michigan soon will be receiving a copy of Detroit Tigers' Curtis Granderson's new book. Granderson and publisher Triumph Books are proud to donate a copy of Granderson's book All You Can Be to every public elementary school library in Michigan. The illustrations in this book were contributed by fourth grade students from across Michigan.  The official press release can be found by clicking here.

Two Hoosier Teachers receive prestigious Milken Educator Award

Indianapolis, Indiana–Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett surprised two Indiana teachers today during unannounced visits to present the 2009 Milken National Educator Award. Edward Coleman of North Central High School and Gregory Lineweaver of Herron High School were among 57 teachers selected nationwide for their innovation in the classroom and exceptional talent as an educator.
The official press release can be found by clicking here.

Ohio Students Exceed National Average on 2009 Nation’s Report Card

Columbus , Ohio–Students continue to outperform the nation as a whole on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Results for both fourth- and eighth-grade mathematics assessments were released today. Ohio’s students have maintained their position overall compared to other states and the national nation’s average for public schools.  The offical press release can be found by clicking here.

A Network for Educational Change in the Great Lakes Region: A View Through the Lens of Educational Service Agencies

Building state capacity often means tapping into the readily available statewide networks to leverage the appropriate support and resources for educational change. Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West frequently work to help state education agencies identify potential partners within their statewide systems of support. This report describes the structure and the role of educational service agencies (ESAs) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin in their statewide systems of support with a specific focus on their potential capacity to assist districts and schools in the work of educational improvement as reported by state ESA leaders. To gather this information, Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West worked closely with the Association of Educational Service Agencies—the national professional organization of ESAs—to conduct a survey in the region. The findings are based on data as reported through the perspective of ESAs.

New Website and Webinar Series Developed in Response to the Stimulus Package
In response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama, Learning Point Associates has developed the Education Recovery and Reinvestment Center website so that recovery funds will make a visible, long-lasting difference in teaching and learning. This comprehensive website offers tools and resources to help educators and policymakers track developments, find current information, and be aware of important and relevant events such as webcasts and audioconferences.


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