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Historian Diane Ravitch is critical of President Obama’s new education incentive strategy called “The Race to The Top.” The 4.35 billion dollar competition pits state against state to turn around failing public schools. But there’s a catch: in order to compete states must promise to raise standards, track student performance and tie it to teacher pay, turn around the lowest performing schools, mainly by opening charters and more.
In a conversation with John Merrow, Ravitch, a former Assistant Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush, questions the federal government’s new role in public education.
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