Learning Point's $40M

As some of you may know, Learning Point Associates has been doing more and more work with Chicago Public Schools, especially with low-performing schools. 

Reminds me of "external partners."

Anyway, they are also a national regional lab, and just won a new $40 million contract from USDE.

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications & Outreach, Press
Office
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202

For Release 
                                                                               
      
March 28, 2006   

Contacts: Mike Bowler
202-219-1662
          David Thomas 202-401-1579

   
                                REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL LAB CONTRACTS AWARDED
 
             Labs to provide states and educators with best research and
practices to improve education

    The U.S. Education Department has
awarded new 5-year contracts to 10 Regional Educational Laboratories charged
with carrying out research, development, dissemination, training, and technical
assistance activities.
Administered by the department's National Center for
Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance in the Institute of Education
Sciences (IES), the laboratories "provide a critical link between research and
practice," said Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst, IES director.

    "I'm
pleased with the quality of the 10 organizations that have won the competition,"
Whitehurst said. "We look forward to a very productive relationship as we work
to meet the research needs of those engaged in improving the effectiveness of
education."

    The laboratories, serving geographic regions that span
the nation, work to ensure that those involved in educational improvement at the
local, state, and regional levels have access to the best available information
from research and practice.

    Contract amounts reflect the number of
local education agencies and school-age children in a region, as well as the
cost of providing services.

    The 10 new contractors and award amounts
by region:

Appalachia: The CNA Corporation, Alexandria, Va., $26.6
million.
Central: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Denver,
Colo., $26 million.
Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania State University, State
College, Pa., $29.5 million.
Midwest: Learning Point Associates, Naperville,
Ill., $39.9 million.
Northeast: Education Development Center, Newton, Mass.,
$42.1 million.
Northwest: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory,
Portland, Ore., $24.6 million.
Pacific: Pacific Resources for Education and
Learning, Honolulu, Hawaii, $20.7 million.
Southeast: University of North
Carolina at Greensboro, N.C., $37.7 million.
Southwest: Edvance Research
Inc., Austin, Texas, $37.9 million.
West: WestEd, San Francisco, Calif.,  $41
million.

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