Race to the Top chatter


With only Delaware and Tennessee selected to win Race to the Top grants yesterday, there was lots of theorizing about other applications that didn’t make the final cut  Here are a handful of comments we’ve pulled from press accounts:

  • In  The Washington Post “D.C. Schools Insider” —  Bill Turque writes: “Speculation has centered around problems with development of its data warehouse system for school information. The District‘s application was also not signed by Washington Teachers’ Union president George Parker, an omission that may also have cost points.”
  • In  The Washington Post “The Answer Sheet” – Valerie Strauss suggests North Carolina was done in by a cap that limits charter schools to 100 statewide.
  • In The New York Times, Jennifer Medina noted that the  New York loss was pretty easily explained by a state law that bars tying teacher tenure decisions to test score data, as well as by its cap on the number of charter schools.
  • Discussion in the Lexington Herald-Leader centered around Kentucky‘s  perceived need for charter school legislation to improve  its chances in the second round.
  • An article in the Washington Post by Nick Anderson and Bill Turque suggested that Florida and Louisiana fell short because they both lacked “broad union support.”
  • Lack of union support also was cited in the Enterprise Blog by Andrew Smarick as hurting Rhode Island.
  • In Colorado, Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, who led the state’s Race to the Top efforts, told The Denver Post that Colorado needed more buy in from rural school districts and local unions. She also wondered whether Colorado’s emphasis on local control may have been a factor.
  • A lack of commitment from South Carolina state leaders was cited by Ron Barnett at GreenvilleOnline.com.

State scores in the Race to the Top application process are posted on the U.S. Department of Education website. You can also find applications, scores and comments from reviewers.


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