• By David DeSchryver
    October 3, 2014

    I am presenting at the California Association of Administrators of State and Federal Education Programs (CAASFEP) Professional Development Institute next week about what is happening in federal education policy today, and what will be happening in the future.  It’s not an easy question, so I’ve been mulling over the trends and ways to think about them. Read more

  • May 25, 2012

    On May 22, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released draft requirements for the Race to the Top for Districts Competition (RTT-D).  ED will award $400 million to 20 applicants. The number of students participating in the program will determine funding.  ED may issue grants of up to $25 million.  Applicants may be a part of a State that won a Race to the Top grant in prior competitions. To provide a helpful summary of the program’s details, the team at Whiteboard advisors developed a one-page overview and detailed summary of the new competition. Read more

  • By David DeSchryver
    August 2, 2011

    If the U.S. Department of Education fancies itself a school reform organization, then the School Improvement Grant is one of its most important programs — if not the most important. Read more

  • By David DeSchryver
    June 30, 2011

    July is here and that, to me, means two things. First, my wife and I are expecting our first child early this month. Because it coincides with the Tour de France, I decided that her name will be “Le Tour.” My wife has not signed off on this decision yet. Second, July 1 is only 91 days from September 30, 2011. As I discussed previously, this is the date of the “funding cliff”, the date by which school districts must “obligate” most of their stimulus dollars and fiscal year 2009 allocations.  (A defensive aside:  I’m not really counting the days until the funding cliff arrives. I’m a little more intellectually alive than that. But for the purposes of this blog, please suspend disbelief and pretend I’m that much of a wonk.)* Read more

  • By David DeSchryver
    April 12, 2011

    The first of many budget battles is now behind us.  The Democrats and Republicans fought it out about as long as they could, finally settling on nearly $40 billion in cuts across all agencies for fiscal year 2011 (FY2011).  Read more

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