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NCLB Reauthorization: The New Blueprint (page 2)

NCLB Reauthorization: The New Blueprint

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March 16, 2010
Updated on Mar 17, 2010

Adding More Competition into the Equation

Which schools and programs deserve the most money?

It’s no secret that the Obama administration believes in the power of competition to drive education reform. The Race to the Top program already has states in a mad dash for over $4 billion in education grant money, and the reform blueprint contains provisions for similar competitive grant programs.

Under Bush’s NCLB, education funding was formulaically distributed according to student statistics and other variables. The new grant programs would divert some of this money towards states and school districts that develop innovative reform programs to raise student achievement and teacher quality, among other things. “The best ideas will always come at the local level and we want to continue to support that,” said Duncan.

Next step for the ambitious reform proposal? Although we have a blueprint, there's no actual legislation on the table ... yet. For right now, it's up to Congress to hash out the details, and that will likely take months. According to Cohen, however, we might be surprised: "They are talking very optimistically about this happening reasonably quickly."

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