States Scramble for Coveted Dollars
Now that states know how they may be judged in the $4 billion Race to the Top competition, education leaders are scrambling to figure out how they measure up against the education reform criteria spelled out by the U.S. Department of Education.
Even tougher, they say, will be crafting the kind of comprehensive, game-changing proposal that both President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are demanding in exchange for a Race to the Top grant. And states have just three months to figure all of this out if they want to make the application deadline for phase-one grants.
“This requires a comprehensive plan, done very quickly, and it’s not going to be easy,” said Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester, whose state is considered an early front-runner for Race...
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