Illinois is in line to get $42.8 million of “Race To The Top” grant money from the U.S. Department of Education, and members of Chicago’s local organizations say they hope a sizeable portion goes to Chicago Public Schools...A 2005 study performed by the Alliance for Excellent Education showed a graduation rate of about 74 percent for all students in Illinois.
A General Motors Moment Op-edJune 07, 2010
West Virginia is undergoing what almost every state is currently experiencing—the convergence of several critical forces, each with its own momentum, that bring the opportunity for major change. The first is the growing demand for greatly improved student outcomes. The second is continued budget shortfalls.
Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Comments on the Race to the Top Winners Press ReleaseMarch 29, 2010
In response to Secretary Duncan's announcement of Delaware and Tennessee as the winners in phase one of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top (RTT) competition, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement.
The Race to the Top competition should be more like a soccer league for six-year-olds in which every child who makes an effort receives an award. Some get a bigger trophy; some go on to be higher performers, but everyone who shows up at least gets attention.
New Report Warns of Limited Impact of Race to the Top, Common Standards; Asserts Congress Must Reauthorize ESEA Press ReleaseMarch 01, 2010
A new report, released jointly by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Commission on No Child Left Behind, argues that, despite the promise of education reform efforts such as Race to the Top and the state-led common standards movement, improvement can only be sustained if Congress and the Administration update and improve the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
ESEA—Don’t Delay Op-edJanuary 27, 2010
During his January 27 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In Gov. Wise's latest installment of “Thoughts on Education,” he reacts to President Obama's commitment to reauthorizing the ESEA and reemphasizes the importance to enact—this year—an ESEA that meets the needs of children in all grades. Gov. Wise writes that the Alliance will constantly press that high school graduation rates rise sharply and diplomas truly mean a graduate is college and career ready.