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Friday Churn: Did the stimulus help?


What’s churning:

The Hechinger Report and the Education Writers Association have coordinated reporters from 36 news outlets in 27 states to examine how the Obama administration’s education stimulus program is being spent. Interviewing students, teachers, researchers and education officials, participating reporters set out to determine how the nation’s schools are actually spending the money and whether changes are likely to last. Their report card is a mixed one. Read the stories

What’s on tap:

The Colorado Department of Education’s Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Summit convenes today in Thornton, gathering more than 200 educators to discuss strategies to keep students in school.

Attendees at the summit represent schools selected last October to receive intensive support through a five-year, $14.1 million federal High School Graduation Initiative grant awarded to CDE.

The keynote speaker is Bill Milliken, author of “The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic!”

For information about the graduation rates at individual Colorado high schools, use our new database.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will visits Denver’s Monclair School of Academics and Enrichment at 11:30 a.m. today to talk about the DPS teacher residency program and his proposal to create a national teacher corps.
The State Council on Educator Effectiveness meeting scheduled for today has been canceled. The council will meet next on Feb. 25.

Good reads from elsewhere:

  • Tenure for some: N.J.’s Christie backs away from ending tenure for all teachers NY Times
  • Short-term gain: Benefits from stimulus spending about to “hit wall”: Report. Education Week
  • Fight or flight: Wis. Dems flee state to avoid passage of anti-union bill Chicago Tribune