Teacher-quality funding gets overhaul in proposed Obama budget

The Obama administration is planning to direct funding to improve teacher effectiveness into competitive grant programs rather than formula funding and is proposing to consolidate a number of small teacher-quality programs as part of its fiscal 2011 budget request. Under the proposal, $405 million would be allocated for the development of alternative-certification programs, and a $950 million grant fund would be created to help promote and pay educators and offer incentives for those who choose challenging placements.

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