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.