RTTT: Picking The Finalist States
Looking ahead to this week's anticipated announcement of RTTT Round One finalists, Tom Carroll of the Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability reviewed state applications and declared that Florida, Louisiana, and Tennessee have the best applications (Who's Winning the Race to the Top?). Delaware, Colorado, and Michigan are the 2nd tier:
"In total, awards to these seven states would allocate almost half of the $4 billion in Race to the Top dollars, leaving about $2 billion unspent—giving states like New York and California another chance to adopt reforms in time for the June 1 second-round deadline. These states would do well to learn from the Round One winners."