Minn. Bid for Part of Education Stimulus Hits Snag
Minnesota's pursuit of a slice of $4.3 billion in federal education money was complicated Wednesday by pressure from the statewide teachers union for the state to change its proposal in order to land its support.
Tom Dooher, president of the Education Minnesota union, said the state Department of Education's current draft proposal would result in "more bureaucracy, more top-down control from the state into our local school districts and more testing at the expense of great teaching."
States have until Jan. 19 to apply for "Race to The Top" funding that will be awarded to those that promote ways to recruit and keep effective teachers, track student performance and adopt plans for turning around failing schools. Minnesota stands to attract $175 million to $250 million if its proposal for school innovation is accepted, but stakeholder backing is...
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