Commissioner Smith: 'United spirit' on Race to the Top application
Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith topped off the revised Race to the Top MOU with this optimistic note Friday to superintendents. Here's the highlight:
There are two compelling reasons why I am confident that our application for Phase 2 funding in the federal Race to the Top competition will be successful. First is Florida’s demonstrated reform history and nationally acclaimed progress which helped drive our high score and positive reception of our Phase 1 Race to the Top application (fourth out of 41 applicants). Second is the dedication of those who came together as the Governor’s Working Group on April 28 with a charge to develop consensus around Florida’s MOU. This group was well-rounded with representation from our superintendents, board members, and unions representing teachers, as well as teachers, parents, and the business community. The positive discussions reinforced the shared belief that collaboration is critical for district ownership and implementation. Therefore, we approach Phase 2 with a stronger MOU and the united spirit necessary to earn the highest amount of funding available for our students.
Districts and unions have until May 25 to sign. Anyone taking bets?