New York State’s failing schools lose out once again. State legislators lost millions in much needed federal educational funding, because they did not have a clear plan of revival for failing schools. This funding debacle is of particular concern to Black America because some of the worst performing schools are in black communities. To learn more about the Race to the Top educational funding program, click here. – NewsOne Staff
From the Daily News:
Education officials and charter school backers on Monday lashed out at teachers unions and the Legislature after New York failed to get $700 million in federal Race to the Top money.
Tennessee and Delaware scored a combined $600 million of the competitive $4.3 billion pot of education money to help turn around failing schools and implement other reforms.
New York finished 15th out of the 16 finalists.
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“Race to the Top sets a high bar for states to adopt sweeping education reforms, and at least this time, New York State couldn’t clear that bar,” Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said.
New York lost 30% of its potential points because of its failure to pass charter school reform, link teacher evaluation to student performance and develop a statewide data system.