Outlines expected requirements for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's funding to the states for education reform. Offers strategies for improving teacher quality in Colorado, as well as data infrastructure, low-performing schools, and standards.
- Observation: Among other recommendations, RTT proposals should address all four key aspects of reform, have significant groundwork in place already in the state, involve the legislature in preparation, call for state-wide initiatives, and be organized by someone whose role is solely the reform project.
- Observation: The "best bet" for an RTT-winning strategy is a program management program.
- Observation: Successful proposals could also include programs focusing on the equitable distribution of teachers, teacher induction, or compensation reform, teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, state-aided adoption of an effective curriculum, or educator preparation (including alternative certification).
- Observation: Programs to avoid include those that represent "business as usual," such as professional development initiatives that are not grounded in a specific strategy, reductions in class size, and technology acquisition that is not tied to a relevant initiative.