Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

New York Times’ Story on New Federal Education Rules

Sam Dillon of the New York Times writes

Holding out billions of dollars as a potential windfall, the Obama administration is persuading state after state to rewrite education laws to open the door to more charter schools and expand the use of student test scores for judging teachers.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5; 123 Stat. 115 Division A, Title XIV), AKA the “stimulus act,” became law on February 17, 2009. It includes $4.3 billion for education.  Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is using this money for a variety of purposes, including the creation of common education standards.

In an example of the old rule “he who pays the piper calls the tune,” Duncan and the Department of Education are in the process of establishing rules for accessing the funding for the “Race to the Top Fund.” States, ever hungry for federal funds, must rework their practices, policies, and even laws to comply with these grants-in-aid rules.

Those wishing to submit comments on these rules may do so until August 29, 2009 by surfing here.

Source: Sam Dillon, “Dangling Money, Obama Pushes an Education Shift,” New York Times, August 16, 2009.

Source: Race to the Top Proposed Rules (74 F.R. 144, 37804-37837).

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