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Race to the Top Application Details: Coming Soon?

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The word on the street (and by street, I mean twitter) is that the Race to the Top application process is going to be announced as soon as tomorrow. (The folks at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a think-tank in Washington, are saying it outright.)

The $4.35 billion Race to the Top program, which was created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is meant to reward states that make significant progress on teacher quality and distribution, standards and assessments, school improvement, and tracking student progress through data systems.

Folks are wondering just how serious the Education Department is about some of the things it has proposed to take into account in allocating the grants, such as lifting those charter caps, tearing down that data firewall, and just who will have to sign off on the applications. (Superintendents? State chiefs? Unions?)

If the buzz is right, we'll find out soon enough.

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How serious will NYC in addressing this week's audits? I studied those audits today and Klein DOE's responses. Clearly, accountability hawks want accountability for others and not themselves.

This just reinforces my gut feeling that Duncan is bluffing. Firstly, this is the only area where he is intellectually dishonest in his word games. We have a year to explain why NY's "firewall" is good for students as well as teachers and devise methods of data-informed decision-making. These regs provide plenty of opportunities for quiet compromises.

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