Obama Challenges Schools To “Race To The Top”

Arguing that education needs reform AND more money, President Obama is proposing a program that uses more carrot than stick to improve lagging US education results. The program he calls “Race to the top” promises more than $4 Billion dollars in grants to states and school districts that not only improve student performance, but also put good teachers where they are needed most. States that refuse to track teacher performance would not be eligible for the grant money. The program is the antithesis of President Bush’s underfunded “No Child Left Behind” program which penalized schools that did not meet performance standards and relied only on student testing in determining which schools were doing well and which were doing poorly.

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