Will Florida place in the Race to the Top?
Today about 1 p.m. the U.S. Department of Education is to announce which of 16 finalists will receive a share of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grant.
Florida has asked for more than any other state. Even so, most observers of the process have put the Sunshine State at the top of the list of contenders.
The latest to handicap the odds is the Center for Education Reform, which rates Florida, Colorado, D.C. and Louisiana as the most likely winners. About Florida, it writes:
"One of today’s favored contenders; long- term, results are rosy; teacher evaluations and certification are strong points, but charter landscape can be seen as a challenge; may start sluggish, moves quickly to the front of the pack."
The Fordham Foundation, meanwhile, says only Florida deserves the money and suggests that the DOE should give out just one grant, two at most.
Check back with the Gradebook later to see whether Florida gets the money. The formal announcement is due at 1 p.m., but we might learn sooner.