GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 05: Pupils at Willamwood High School attend a biology class on February 5, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The Educated Guess, a California education site, has a very good report explaining why California's application for federal Race to the Top moneys for schools -- an application due this week -- is likely to fail.
The reason? In short, school districts have bought into the federal program, but teachers union locals have declined to support the applications, particularly in larger districts. The unions see the policy changes tied to the federal funding as hostile to teachers.