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PA Applies for $108 Million to Expand Broadband Infrastructure, Internet Access, Govern... - 0 views

  • Pennsylvania's seven applications are competing for some of the $7.2 billion available nationwide for broadband development under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA. The funds would advance the state's existing broadband development efforts, as outlined in an aggressive strategy released in July. Applications include efforts to:
  • Aggregate broadband purchases by educational facilities.
  • Extend communications infrastructure to reach un-served and underserved areas.
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  • Train educators to enhance instruction by using broadband Internet effectively.
  • Help communities, businesses, first-responders and institutions effectively use broadband
  • Create broadband centers at libraries, community colleges and other educational facilities.
  • Map broadband availability and adoption throughout Pennsylvania
  • Provide broadband Internet service to veterans' homes
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    Governor Edward G. Rendell today said the commonwealth has applied for $108 million in federal funds to expand high-speed Internet service to people, institutions and communities throughout Pennsylvania -- an investment that will boost the state's economic development and education systems for years to come.
Anne Bubnic

N.C. Application for $28.1 Million in Broadband Recovery Funding - 0 views

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    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that MCNC has applied to receive $28.1 million in broadband recovery
    funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support fiber acquisition for the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in North Carolina.
Anne Bubnic

President Obama's Broadband Initiative Will Attempt to Bridge the Nation's Growing Digi... - 0 views

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    The digital divide is large and shows no signs of decreasing. It compounds the racial disparities found in education and household earnings and impacts heavily on standard of living. The broadband initiatives contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) could help to bridge that gap by making the internet more accessible to all Americans.
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Big-League ISPs Press FCC to Lower Bar on 'Broadband' - 0 views

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    The FCC wants to push broadband Internet access further into the rural reaches of the U.S., but to do that it'll have to define what level of data speed should be given the term "broadband." Top ISPs have provided their suggestions; most involve setting a fairly low bar for what may officially be called "broadband" speed.
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Race to the Top: PK-12 Literacy as the Linchpin of Standards-Based Reform - 0 views

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The status of federal stimulus dollars in California Education - 0 views

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    This is an analysis of economic stimulus funding for education, provided by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Federal stimulus dollars have begun flowing to the state. But LEAs are still a few weeks away from getting them in their hands. LEAs will begin receiving these funds in May. There are three primary one-time funding sources in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Title I, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF).
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Key Democrats Poke at Education Budget Plan - 0 views

  • For this year and next year, things are fine,” he told the education secretary at the June 3 hearing. “You can say, well, this is OK because we have all this money in the [stimulus program]. But the problem with that is, you cut the base. If you cut the base this year, you have to make all that up” in fiscal 2011.
  • Another Obama administration proposal appeared to be a tough sell with some congressional Democrats: the massive increase proposed for the Teacher Incentive Fund, or TIF,which awards grants for pay-for-performance programs. ("Obama Budget Choices Scrutinized," May 20, 2009.)

    The president is seeking to boost funding for TIF to $487.3 million in fiscal 2010, up from $97 million in the current budget year, which ends Sept. 30. That major hike would come on top of $200 million for TIF in the stimulus law.

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    Two key Democrats in Congress have expressed skepticism about the Obama administration's proposal to shift $1 billion out of Title I grants for districts into the separate Title I school improvement program in the fiscal 2010 federal budget. In its fiscal 2010 budget proposal, the administration justified the change by pointing to a $10 billion increase that the Title I grant program for districts received in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus measure that passed in February and that includes up to $100 billion for education,
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ALA: Spend stimulus funds on school libraries - 0 views

  • Removing a school library media specialist, who is an expert [at helping students acquire 21st-century information skills], from a library becomes a disadvantage for the students in that school," she said.
  • he American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains funding for educators to implement innovative strategies in Title I schools that improve education for at-risk students and close the achievement gap. The funding is flexible and, for the most part, the control rests in the hands of local and state superintendents--and spending some of it on school libraries would be a wise investment, ALA asserts.
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    As school leaders prepare to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money, the American Library Association (ALA) is lobbying to have some of those dollars used to keep school libraries up to date during hard economic times.
Anne Bubnic

No Quitters in High School - 0 views

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    The Secondary School Innovation Fund Act would provide critical resources for innovative secondary school redesign to dramatically raise high school graduation rates and stem the flow of high school dropouts.
Anne Bubnic

Ed Secy: Stimulus Money is for the Next Two Years - 0 views

  • This is two-year money and so spreading it some—again I don’t have any of the specific details there, but just big picture—spreading it between the years makes a lot of sense.”
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    The top education official in the Obama administration says that federal stimulus dollars for school districts are meant to be spent over two years, which aligns with the position of L.A. school officials in their ongoing political war with employee unions over looming layoffs. The comment by Education Secretary Arne Duncan is significant because unions have been campaigning for district officials to spend as much of the stimulus money as needed to save jobs now. District officials have countered that employees must agree to conditional salary concessions if all jobs are to be saved. District officials have argued that federal stimulus money should be split over two years, in large measure because both years are likely to prove economically dire.
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Realigning Resources for District Transformation - 0 views

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    Concrete ideas from the Center for American Progress for strategic spending in three key areas-taking stock of current practices, focusing on support for quality instruction, and making transitional investments-in order to give some guidance to those districts seeking to balance the act's short-term focus on preserving jobs with its long-term goals of promoting student achievement.
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Social Media Tools for Local Government Reporting - 0 views

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    This is a fabulous Stimulus Package Reporting idea - something that I've been thinking about too. It could work for every sector. Social media tools could play a huge role in organizing projects, monitoring progress and keeping everything transparent. I love all the concepts in this web site. Excellent work! Training would be needed however, because project leads are not necessarily the kind of people who normally use these tools.
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Expanded Learning Time: Initiatives in High-Poverty and High-Minority Schools [pdf] - 0 views

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    The Center for American Progress, along with our partners, has carefully crafted a policy definition of expanded learning time. Aimed at high-poverty, underperforming schools, expanded learning is the lengthening of the school day, school week, or school year for all students in a given school by at least 30 percent-the equivalent of roughly two hours per day or 360 hours per year. To be \neffective, the concept of expanded learning requires the complete redesign of a school's educational program in a way that combines academics with enrichment for a well-rounded student experience and that supports teachers by giving them more time for planning, training, and professional development. \n
Anne Bubnic

List of State Allocations for IDEA Recovery Funds [.xls] - 0 views

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    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriates significant new funding for programs under Parts B and C of IDEA. Part B of the IDEA provides funds to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to help them ensure that children with disabilities, including children aged three through five, have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child's unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living.
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Stimulus funds to advance national standards - 0 views

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    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is offering federal cash incentives to achieve one of his top priorities: developing national standards for reading and math to replace a current hodgepodge of benchmarks in the states. Duncan said June 14 that the efforts of 46 states to develop common, internationally measured standards for student achievement would be bolstered by up to $350 million in federal funds to help them develop tests to assess those standards.
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Leading the Charge for Real-Time Data - 0 views

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    Well before the idea of using data to manage schools gained prominence on the national stage, Oklahoma's Western Heights school district had made the ideal of real-time, data-driven decisionmaking a reality. Back in 2001, Superintendent Joe Kitchens was already being spotlighted for his focus on creating a longitudinal-data system that would give teachers in the 3,400-student district the ability to make quick decisions to improve student learning, while reducing the time spent compiling reports.
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Addressing the Needs of ELL through ARRA [Webinar] - 0 views

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    Robert Linquanti, Director for English Learner Evaluation and Accountability Support in WestEd's Comprehensive School Assistance Program, moderated a webinar panel on May 26th comprising select members of the English Language Learner (ELL) Working Group. This Working Group recently issued recommendations for using ARRA funds wisely to meet the needs of our nation's English learners.
Anne Bubnic

So The Stimulus Passed--Now What? [Webinar] - 0 views

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    "So The Stimulus Passed…Now What?" is a webinar led by ISTE CEO Don Knezek and Director of Government Affairs Hillary Goldamann and features guests David Byer of Apple and the Chair of ISTE's Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, Deborah Rigsby of the National School Boards Association, and Davis Brock of Elmore County Public Schools in Alabama. In this archived webinar from April 09, the group of policy experts discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and how these dollars can be used for classroom technology purchases and professional development initiatives.
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