Race to the Top is hitting the wall.
President Barack Obama’s $4.35 billion grant competition — designed to encourage states to dramatically improve school performance — is running into resistance across the country, as state officials and teachers unions are clashing with the administration over the contest rules.
And now Congress is getting into the act — with lawmakers of both parties challenging the president’s tough-love approach to school improvement.
“There are some very tough feelings over this,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). “Some people are afraid to say it, but I’m not.”
Minnesota Rep. John Kline, the top Republican on the Education and Labor Committee, has said he will urge Congress to oppose Obama’s request for $1.35 billion to extend the program in his fiscal 2011 budget.
“We have a program here that’s not yet proven,” he said. “We haven’t figured out if $4.35 billion is being spent wisely. Why would we add $1.35 billion?”
Read the rest of the piece.
It will break your heart.
The UFT and the NYSUT could have argued that adding more tests to public education - as the new teacher evaluation rules will do - is harmful to children and schools and they would have gotten some pretty good backing from across the country as people push back against Obama, Duncan and the administration's merry band of Gates Foundation shills.
But instead the UFT and the NYSUT caved and gave up the ghost on test scores - now you can be sure that additional tests will be added to EVERY subject in EVERY grade, teachers will ONLY teach to the test as they try and save their jobs from whatever bullshit "value-added" formula Klein, Steiner and Tisch pull out of their corrupt asses, and the only people who will be happy about this are Obama, Duncan, the eduwankers in and out of the administration and the test prep companies who stand to make billions off the changes.
And this did NOT have to be.
The tide is turning AGAINST Obama and Race to the Top.
People HATE this competition and the politicians are starting to notice and call the thing what it is - an unproven boondoggle.
But too late for we here in New York.
The UFT and the NYSUT have already caved to Obama and his eduwankers.
Very, very infuriating.
But given the UFT's record of collaboration, poor strategizing and caving on all the things that really matter, not a surprise.