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Quitting the Race to the Top?



Maryland stands to reap $250 million in the Obama Administration's Race to the Top grant program.

But a special committee of that state's General Assembly has voted against a key plank of its proposed implementation plan, one relating to tying teacher evaluations to student test results. That move could jeopardize Maryland's ability to claim the money, the Washington Post reports.

When announcing the awards, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made clear that his department expects grant winners to follow through on their plans regardless of who runs the government. Otherwise they might not get the money.

That leads to the question of Florida. As the Wonk Room blog observed last week, governor-elect Rick Scott said during his campaign that he would refuse temporary federal funding that creates permanent spending in Florida. He hasn't spoken directly to Race to the Top, but the implication seems to be there.

There's about $700 million hanging in the balance for Florida, which recently announced its volunteer committees designed to help implement its Race to the Top program. The state's official application is due to D.C. in less than two weeks. Anyone think all the effort will go for naught?

[Last modified: Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:41pm]


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