Blame the Teachers for Losing "Race to the Top"

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM PDT
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Blame the Teachers for Losing "Race to the Top"

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FALLS CHURCH, VA - JANUARY 19: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (R) visits with sixth grade students at the Graham Road Elementary School January 19, 2010 in Falls Church, Virginia. Following his meeting with students the President will deliver remarks on his "Race to the Top" program and his request for an additional $1.35 billion in 2011 for the program. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

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New documents are suggesting that weak support from teacher unions was a factor in the state's failure to win money in the Obama administration's $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" school reform grant competition.

      The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released "scorecards" for applications submitted by California and other states that applied for grants in the competition's second round.
     
State education officials have expressed disappointment that California was not among the 10 winners announced Tuesday. Nine states and the District of Columbia will share $3.4 billion.
     
California placed 16th of the 19th finalists, scoring 416 out of 500 possible points.
     
The state also lost points for not fully implementing a data system to monitor student achievement over time.

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