Race to the Top
WATCH: The Race To The Top Series

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has more power than any other education secretary in the nation’s history. Duncan possesses $4.35 billion in discretionary funds to push the reforms his administration believes will turn around the country’s failing schools, such as more charters and higher standards. What’s more, to get a piece of the money states must compete for it.

The competition is called the “Race to the Top,” and it is unlike any education reform efforts of the past. This series of reports seeks to cover the history of education reforms in the U.S. and tracks the current competition for a piece of that multi-billion dollar fund.

In 2009, Learning Matters produced a four-part series on Race To The Top. Watch the entire series above, or navigate to the individual episodes below:

Part 1: Making History (December 3, 2009)
Part 2: The Race is On! (January 19, 2010)
Part 3: Teacher Unions: Friend or Foe? (March 25, 2010)
Part 4: Teaching for Dollars (September 21, 2010)

This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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NCLB was enacted to close the achievement gap. RTTP is only available for a few. Will this not make the achievement gap larger between states? Make money available to all not just the states who already have systems in place to comply with the regulations. The RTTP program is fostering the haves and have nots.

Kathy are you equating the funding to the results?

Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your web site unintentionally, and I am shocked why this twist of fate didn’t came about earlier! I bookmarked it.




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