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When is 90 days not really 90 days?



When you're dealing with the government, that's when.

In its early Race to the Top advisories, the Florida Department of Education told school districts that they'd have 90 days to submit their scope of work plans to the state. Turns out, that's not the way things will go.

The feds have other plans.

In a memo to superintendents sent late Wednesday, Florida K-12 chancellor Frances Haithcock clarified that the state has 90 days to approve or deny all local plans and report back to the U.S. Department of Education. That leaves districts — wait for it — 49 days (give or take) to get their proposals to Tallahassee.

"In order for there to be some 'back and forth' between the state and LEAs, we anticipate that your Final Scope of Work submissions will be due in approximately 7 weeks," Haithcock wrote. "FLDOE staff will review and provide comment within 2 weeks, and any LEAs that need improvement will have 2 additional weeks to resubmit."

The state will help, she continues, starting with a webinar on Sept. 7 — that would be 14 days after the grant announcement, when the 90 day countdown officially began. Already, some teacher union folks have suggested that they're still uncertain about the terms of the state's RTTT plan, especially the parts tying their evaluations more directly to student test scores. Wonder if this short time frame to get the Scope of Work to Tally will have a dampening effect.

Stay tuned.


[Last modified: Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:24pm]


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