No Race to the Top? One superintendent says good
While many state leaders were crowing over winning a Race to the Top grant (or crying over losing out), one Illinois superintendent was perfectly pleased his state didn't get any funding.
"The funds called for the removal of tenured teachers and administrators if student scores were not good enough. Hiring and firing should always be under the jurisdiction of local control," Marion Community Unit School District superintendent Wade Hudgens told Carbondale's Southern.
"In our particular district for example, sixth-graders from five elementary schools in out district do not test well," said Wade, whose district did not even apply to participate if Illinois received any money. "Do I dismiss the junior high principal who had nothing to do with their prior education training? Interestingly, most superintendents I visited with felt the same way. They also spoke of liability issues. We'll see how the program shakes out."