Is RTTT a rip-off?

Race To The Top will cost only $13 per American, but add in the education stimulus and the extra federal spending will cost $366 a person, nearly $1,500 per person for a family of four, writes Mike Petrilli on Flypaper.

“Chances are slim that winners of Race to the Top grants are going to actually use the money to drive reform,” Petrilli writes.  After all, the $106 billion education stimulus  did nothing for school reform.

Is it worth $1,500 to your family “to see a handful of states lift their charter caps, a couple more promise to take teacher evaluations seriously, and lots of states to sign a letter saying they will do national standards—unless they later decide not to?”

He’s got a poll.

Update:  Arne Duncan won’t release the names of the panel of reviewers who will decide which states get RTT money. Frederick Hess thinks the administration needs more than a “trust us” defense.

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  1. Student of History says:

    All that money for weak national math and English standards?

    So that the best teachers from the well performing schools will be reassigned (or quit) to the high minority or high poverty schools as mandated by RTT? Abandoning effective Calculus instruction for effective arithmetic?

    Everyone should have access to effective teachers but RTT treats them as the exception, not the norm. Further it doesn’t even award extra points for measures to increase the number of effective teachers.

    RTT as actually written would be a bad idea if there really were a federal honeypot that could be raided without consequence for desired ends.

    To be borrowing the billions to do this is a true national tragedy.

  2. Margo/Mom says:

    Of course, this then begs the question–what will drive meaningful reform, and what constitutes meaningful reform?


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