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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 11
Section E of the state’s Race to the Top application deals with “turning around the lowest-achieving schools,” and is divided into two sections. In the first section, the state must describe the statutory authority it has to “intervene directly” in the state’s “persistently lowest-achi ...
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Libby Mitchell responds to Cutler op-ed…

Libby Mitchell responds to Cutler op-ed…

Yesterday, I suggested that gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler's recent Bangor Daily News op-ed raking Sen. Libby Mitchell and the Maine Education Association over the coals might be an indication that education issues will play a central role in the fall campaigns. I also suggested that in that d ...
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Education issues to take center stage in Governor’s race?
I want to take a quick time-out from my ongoing analysis of Maine's Race to the Top application in order to discuss a fiery op-ed from gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, which was recently published by the Bangor Daily News.In the piece, Cutler comes out swinging at Maine Education Association, w ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 10
On Wednesday, I expressed the hope that some stronger sections are coming in the state’s Race to the Top application, and after looking at sections D(4) and D(5), one of which was relatively weak and one of which was relatively strong, I remain concerned that the state’s application isn’t goin ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 9
Part D(3) of the state's Race to the Top application is related to “ensuring equitable distribution of effective teachers and principals,” by which the Obama administration means ensuring “that students in high-poverty and/or high-minority schools have equitable access to highly effective teac ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 8

Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 8

Part D (2) of the Race to the Top application has to do with “improving teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance.”  This single section of the application is worth 58 points out of the 500 total points available, making it one of the most important sections in the entire applica ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 7
In a recent paper on Maine’s chances of winning a Race to the Top grant, I wrote that the “Great Teachers and Leaders” section of the RTT application was “real trouble for Maine.” “In fact,” I wrote, “it is hard to see how Maine would be eligible for more than a tiny fraction of the ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 6
Part C of the state’s Race to the Top application deals with the state’s data system, something that is a main focus of the Obama Administration's Race to the Top effort.  The thinking seems to be that schools and school districts need to become more data-driven, using information on student pe ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 5
The second major section of the Race to the Top application relates to “standards and assessments,” and while this section of the application is rather long, there isn’t a whole lot of note to report, frankly.In fact, most of Maine's response to the first part of  this section of the applicat ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 4
The last part of the first section of Maine’s Race to the Top application relates to how well the state has done “over the past several years” at improving student achievement and closing student achievement gaps. The state’s response to this section is not only disappointing, but slightly d ...
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