Tuesday, August 24, 2010

SFGate: California schools lose out in 'Race to Top'

This from SFGate:
California education officials expressed disappointment Tuesday after learning that the state had lost its bid for as much as $700 million in the Obama administration's Race to the Top competition, a $4.35 billion grant program aimed at improving schools.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Tuesday that nine states and the District of Columbia were winners in the second round of a program designed to encourage such aggressive reforms as connecting teacher evaluations and pay to students' test scores.

"I am deeply disappointed that our application was not chosen," said California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. "However, the loss of the funding may slow, but not defeat, our efforts to improve student achievement in California."

California had made the cut as one of 19 finalists after submitting a second round application assembled by seven superintendents, including Carlos Garcia of the San Francisco Unified School District.


  1. No SF Kfile comments for RTTT, only the biggest federal intervention in to state and local school politics in the history of public education?

    California got none of money, but the Feds succeeding in getting the State legislature to make numerous changes to our system just to be in the running.

    The charter school advocates are laughing all the way to the bank.

  2. That would include throwing out California's math standards which were among the best in the country, and replacing them with the CCSS standards which leave much to be desired.

  3. Jeez Don,

    What's with all the misspellings? Where did you go to school?

  4. Hey 11:24

    Give me a break. It's my meds!