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Congress Approves Funds to Continue Education Reform Initiatives: Early Childhood Education

May 27, 2011

In addition to his May 25 announcement regarding RTTT, Secretary Duncan, along with Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, also announced that the Administration plans to use approximately $500 million of the $700 million made available in the FY2011 appropriations bill for a major competition in support of bold and comprehensive state plans for raising the quality of early learning programs.

Congress Approves Funds to Continue Education Reform Initiatives: Race to the Top

May 27, 2011

The Secretary of Education awarded $4 billion over the course of the first two Race to the Top (RTTT) competitions. As of May 25, he has announced that nine finalists that did not win grants in the first two phases of RTTT competitions will be the recipients of a new $700 million grant, split between early childhood education and a new round of RTTT.

U.S. Chamber Report Highlights Private Sector Innovations that are Transforming Education

May 17, 2011
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— At the May 16 forum of higher education stakeholders, “edupreneurs,” and policymakers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) released a report on the urgent need for innovation coupled with policy reforms in higher education.

May 16, 2011
College 2.0: Transforming Higher Education through Greater Innovation and Smarte

The challenges facing traditional higher education cannot be overcome without fundamental transformation brought about by strong institutional leadership coupled with policy reforms that promote innovation. The cost spiral will continue without innovations driven by e-learning and incentives built around increasing productivity. Regulations and incentives should be crafted to open the way for the most dynamic innovations, while rendering the true costs, risks, and potential benefits as transparent as possible for prospective students.