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Race to the Top: A low bar that Washington can’t clear

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on March 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
March 8, 2010 6:44 pm

The Washington Post complains here that the Obama administration’s “very, very high bar” for Race to the Top education grants has actually proven to be a very low bar.

Fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia, were selected last week as finalists for the money, which is supposed to reward states that are pioneering successful education reforms. Fifteen finalists out of 40 states doesn’t sound like an exclusive club.

But – Washington not only didn’t make the cut, it wasn’t in the running. Gov. Gregoire withdrew the state’s bid last year after it became apparent we were too far behind the competition. The Legislature has produced a new bill that supposedly will change that, but it’s a timid little thing that doesn’t do much to shake up the status quo.

But take comfort. In the next round, it looks as if we’ll make the Top Forty.

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