Duncan: Schools will be rewarded for innovation

03/26/2009 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says he will distribute $5 billion in discretionary money to schools based on how they spend their federal stimulus money. "States that are simply investing in the status quo will put themselves at a tremendous competitive disadvantage for getting those additional funds," Duncan said. "I can't emphasize strongly enough how important it is for states and districts to think very creatively and to think very differently about how they use this first set of money."

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