As part of the federal stimulus plan, the Obama administration has unveiled the Race to the Top Fund, a $4.35 billion pot of money for states to use to shore up education programs.
Unfortunately, Washington state probably won’t be in the running this go around, due to lack of education reform. Other states are in the same boat too.
Gov. Chris Gregoire was in Washington D.C. for the announcement last week, and she came back saying that legislators may need to look at teacher pay and evaluations and how to help continually struggling schools, according to the Associated Press.
To receive funding, states must meet criteria that shows they’re working to reform the education system. Some core expectations are:
- connect student performance data with individual teachers
- reward high-performing teachers
- encourage educational innovation by not capping public charter schools
- have a credible way for the state to step in and actually fix failing schools.
Currently, Washington doesn’t really do much of the above. Gregoire did say that she hopes Washington will be eligible in the second-round of grant funding.