The deadline has arrived, and 40 states and D.C. are hoping to win a share of a 4.35 billion dollar pie that the Obama Administration is calling the “Race to the Top.”
It’s a massive gamble on Washington’s part, an effort to change state and local education policies by dangling the carrot of big dollars in front of states and school districts that are desperately trying to make ends meet. Washington wants more charter schools, merit pay for teachers, and plans for putting the best teachers in the worst schools.
In the weeks before the applications were due, we watched legislators and educators in Colorado, Maryland and other states planning their strategies. Some states changed laws just to qualify to compete, while others rewrote policies in hopes of increasing their chances of winning.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, some states will walk away with hundreds of millions of dollars, while others will be left without a cent.
Who will get some of the money? We look into the race preparations.
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This video is part of our series covering the Race to the Top. Watch all related videos and listen to more podcasts here.
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