Miami-Dade superintendent predicts Florida success for Race to the Top
Florida fell just out of the money in the first round of President Obama's $4.3 billion education reform plan called Race to the Top. Undeterred, state political and education leaders set about snagging a share of the cash in Round 2, becoming a finalist last week.
Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho, a member of Gov. Crist's team headed to Washington D.C. to sell reviewers on the Sunshine State's plan for the cash (about $700 million), writes in today's Miami Herald that he believes Florida is well situated for a win. The key, he wrote, was the decision to include more stakeholders in the creation of the plan.
"In total, 65 of Florida's 67 school districts supported the state's Race to the Top application, and 54 local teacher unions have supported the application, demonstrating that Floridians genuinely want to improve student achievement," Carvalho wrote. "As a result, Florida could receive up to $700 million, of which Miami-Dade County Public Schools could receive $65 million over a four-year period. These funds would be of great benefit as federal stimulus funding sunsets next year."