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States Face Delays In Race To Top Implementation

January 11, 2012 by  

States Face Delays In Race To Top Implementation

Several States that received a portion of the U.S. Department of Education’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top competition have had to delay plans for implementing significant reforms in their schools due to slow progress, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, that two of these States may lose money if they don’t get back on track. Officials released State reports on Tuesday that outlined the progress of all 12 winners, finding only three that were on schedule with their reform plans.

The AP reported that another six States are making some progress but facing delays, and three – Hawaii, New York and Florida – are said to have significant issues.

“New York made significant progress through Race to the Top over the last year but has recently hit a roadblock that not only impedes Race to the Top but could threaten other key reform initiatives,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Backtracking on reform commitments could cost the State hundreds of millions of dollars for improving New York schools.

Although the reports don’t rank or compare efforts between the States due to differing initiatives, the assessments and comments made by Federal officials suggest Ohio and Massachusetts led the effort, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

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    ‘Race to the Top’ is just another in a long series of Trojan Horses. It promotes and maintains mediocrity and a form of status quo that NO school can tolerate.
    ‘Race to the Top’ relies on a warped combination of cronyism, more wasted funds via taxpayers and the blatant use of incompetents whose main goal is to try and make Obummer ‘look good.’ NO ONE can make Obummer look good.
    THE solution is to take kids OUT of public schools, let public schools IMPLODE and get on with education. ABORT the Department of NonEducation. Tell the ‘education czar’ to go hump himself.
    You worthless government bastards have mucked up public education since 1957. You have NO plans for making education better, and I will never support public education. Rely on HOMESCHOOLING, private schools and church schools. ALL others amount to a perverse form of slow poison.


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