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Want Title I money? Earn it, Obama says



Some of our Florida school district leaders have been warning of this (maybe fearing this better capture the mood) for a quite some time. 

The days of Title I entitlements, where districts get money to help poor students based on numbers rather than programs, appear about to end.

The NY Times reports that President Obama wants to require states to adopt tougher "college- and career-ready" academic standards in math and reading in order to be eligible for the $14 billion program.

"Because economic progress and educational achievement go hand in hand, educating every American student to graduate prepared for college and success in a new work force is a national imperative," the White House said in a statement. "Meeting this challenge requires that state standards reflect a level of teaching and learning needed for students to graduate ready for success in college and careers."

More than one local superintendent has predicted this move, and said it just gives more impetus to the push to adopt the goals set forth in Race to the Top. After all, they have said, both the state and federal governments appear set to make the goals happen whether districts choose to participate or not.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:51am]


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