Failing Our Students

Let's not leave millions of education dollars on the table

Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 10:10 AM PDT
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Why is California leaving millions of dollars on the table when it comes to education?

Why is California leaving millions of dollars on the table when it comes to education?

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Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director, highlights viewer feedback
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Why would Bay Area public schools turn down millions of dollars when we’re so severely underfunded we’re laying off teachers? I'm Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director. “Race to the Top” is a new federal program offering California schools up to 700 million dollars in stimulus grants. That’s our tax money, used to educate our children.  But less than half our school districts qualify for the money.  Why?  Because there are strings attached, including national standards, and some teachers fear they'll be judged by their students’ performance. Yes, many factors influence a child’s success – but this money will support instruction and more effective teaching.  Leaving it on the table is unfair to our children and their future. We urge you to tell your local schools and teachers to join the “Race to the Top.”

Do you agree?  Join the debate.  Log onto nbceditorials.com.

Editorial Update: On Thursday March 4th, California lost out on the first round of Race to the Top Funding. To learn more about this program and the next round of funding, please see the links below:

California School Boards Association Responds to Announcement of Race to the Top Finalists 

Schwarzenegger seeks bolder action as state loses out on federal school funds

Bay Area Council Weekly Flash: California Misses Out on First Round of Race to the Top

 

Educated Guess: O'Connell: We'll look at Round 2

Find out if your school district is applying for RTTP money

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