Who loses in Race to the Top?

Do competitive grants encourage inequality in education? A coalition of civil rights groups claimed last week that Race to the Top and other competitive grants will “leave behind” low-income and minority children.  They proposed an “opportunity to learn” framework. (Latino groups didn’t join in and there’s some confusion among those who did, notes Politics K-12.)

National Journal’s Education Experts discuss competition and equality.

“Competition does not lead to equity, but to a few winners and many, many losers,” writes Diane Ravitch.

Spreading money like peanut butter will give us more of the same, responds Tom Vander Ark.

We’ve done that for 40 years and all we have is a more expensive version of a deeply inequitable system.

Competitive government grants spur innovation, “the most rapid and efficient path to equity and excellence,” he writes.

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