Sorry, FEA. No delay in Florida's Race to the Top application
Despite the Florida Education Association's request to wait, Florida is moving full steam ahead on seeking its share of the Obama administration's Race to the Top education reform grant.
First to come this morning was Attorney General Bill McCollum's press release that he had certified the application.
"This is an enormous opportunity to increase our state's education resources, giving our students a better chance to be fully competitive when they enter the global workforce," McCollum said.
Then Gov. Charlie Crist's office sent a release plus a photo announcing he had signed the application to get it to D.C. before the Jan. 19 deadline.
"Florida’s past education reform efforts have positioned us to succeed in this race, and I am grateful to Commissioner Smith and his team for their work to ensure a complete and high-quality application,” Crist said in his news release. “The success of our grant application will allow us to further increase student achievement and teacher effectiveness, which will strengthen Florida's talent pool of graduates entering our workforce.”
So much for the union's idea of taking more time to work out agreements and applying in the summer.