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Next Steps for Race to the Top

Original post made by Stacey on Mar 15, 2010

Different viewpoints from California on California's failed Race to the Top application. Web Link

"Until California has a reform conversation that includes reform of the dysfunctional finance system under which public schools are forced to operate, we are doomed to be part of a race to nowhere." - Scott P. Plotkin, executive director of the California School Boards Association

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Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:02 am

This one makes me laugh, from Dean E. Vogel, vice president of the California Teachers Association:
California lawmakers should always have a goal of developing sound education policy that works to improve the conditions of teaching and learning for all students, rather than racing to pass legislation simply in the name of reform that could have adverse, long-term impacts on schools in exchange for a one-time infusion of a small amount of money from the federal government. By its definition, Race to the Top denotes winners and losers.

Problem is, Mr Vogel, as you and the other teachers here are saying, is that the money is not intended to be used as $50 per student, it is intended to be used to fund initiatives to make the changes you say are needed, "developing sound education policy"
The arguments going on around RTTT show the fundamental dysfunction in the relationship between teachers, school boards, state and federal level education officials, and our elected representatives. Everyone in this article with an opinion is mostly saying that another stakeholder in the process "doesn't get it".

I do not claim to have the answers, this is a real, big, mess!

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

Stacey is a registered user.

jimf01 wrote: "Everyone in this article with an opinion is mostly saying that another stakeholder in the process "doesn't get it"."

That's an interesting observation.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

Stacey is a registered user.

The way I see it is that the reason behind the stakeholders saying that another doesn't get it is due to differing goals. The solution to that is for everyone to agree on what exactly is the ultimate goal and how it is defined, but I think it is difficult to get the various groups to agree because they don't want to.

Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Naturally, you are correct Stacey. I feel we can do two things to reform education in this country, and the first is to abolish the federal Dept of Education. The whole thing. They cannot do anything that cannot be handled at the state level.

The second is to eliminate all duplication between the CA Dept of Education and local school districts. Every well run business has a model of who is accountable for what within the organization. Where things start getting fouled up is when multiple groups are doing the same function.

Start with that, you will have a lot of extra $ that can go to better use. I will let someone else define "better use".

Posted by NO sympathy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

Cohen, last comment in the link article, is so wrong.....that the problem is UNDER funding ! ! So off base. Taxpayers in CA provide more than enough money for education. There are many misguided, corrupt, ignorant, bumblers in the bloated chain. All those excess and incompetant people sucking off funds in the middle have to figure it out. If taxpayers have to speak again all those screwups in the middle won't like what we have to say. So duke it out with each other. It's past time for HONESTY ! CTA is the biggest ROADBLOCK to quality education. The sign carrying teachers better turn around and protest CTA. You created this expensive, top-heavy figure it out. UNDER funding is not the prohlem and money is NOT the answer.

Cohen article UNDER funding

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