Will California Ever Jump Back into the Race to the Top
There’s no need to say it when somebody else says it better. The Editorial Board of the Sacramento Bee placed the blame for the state’s failure to put in a strong application for the federal Race to the Top competition directly where it belongs. Call it the teachers unions, timid district leaders or school boards. I call it ”The Forces of Inertia.”
It’s been weeks since the Department of Education released the reviewers comments on California’s application. There’s only six weeks until the next application is due. I’m worried that the Forces of Inertia have stalled the process yet again. Of course, it’s their job to keep things they way they are. And California’s bottom-ranking education system is a reflection of just how good they are at their work. I just hope they don’t win out this time. For the largest state in the nation to fail to put together a revised application that signals our commitment to real education reform would be a sad statement.
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