Q: How many states currently meet all the requirements for receiving funds?
The USDE says everyone's eligible to apply but won't say how many are currently in any kind of a position to do so. My guess is no more than 15.
Q: Which states (besides CA and NY) currently aren't eligible (ie, firewalls, lack of data systems, charter caps)?
Again, the USDE won't say who's out of the running if they don't make substantial changes or commitments. Am working on this.
Q: About how many states are going to get funded, and what is the grant amount going to be?
Big surprise -- no answers on this one, either. My guess is 8-10 states, max.
Q: Is RttT funding linked to any larger, ongoing funding sources (FIE, Title I)?
I'm pretty sure the answer to this one is no, which begs the question why would a state jump through lots of hoops to get so little money.
Q: Have the main stakeholders -- chiefs, governors, teachers, state
legislators -- indicated their interest and approval in the RttT
The teachers are hedging their bets (see AFT presser below and NEA quote here). Not sure about the others, but I think not.