States walk away from Race money

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Registered: 11-18-2008
States walk away from Race money
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Tue, 06-01-2010 - 12:12pm

MINNEAPOLIS - About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the "Race to the Top" program, but at least nine others with more than 7 million children are opting out of trying a second time.

For them, a chance at hundreds of millions of dollars wasn't enough to overcome the opposition of teachers unions, the wariness of state leaders to pass laws to suit the program and fears of giving up too much local control.

More here...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37437644/ns/us_news-life/

How are your respective states doing? Are they reapplying or walking away? Have you, as educators, been involved in any way?

My husband and quite a few of our friends are teachers, so this is always a big topic of conversation here. I'd love to hear viewpoints from people in other states too though.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 3:30pm

Indiana had a horrible application the first time out.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 3:58pm
"In an attempt to make the second round the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett demanded that the teachers accept his proposals without question and announced his demands in a public letter."



UGH! That must have been infuriating.



"His demands
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 6:35pm

Kellie: That's the biggest frustration. There is so much that goes into the test scores beyond teacher effort and content knowledge. The politicians that keep simplifying it into what the teacher knows and how hard he/she works are ridiculous.

Sherry