California Ineligible For Race To The Top Federal Competition
Because California law precludes linking state test data to specific teachers, one out of nine of the nation’s school children are not able to be part of Obama’s 5 billion dollar stimulus money. The legislature passed the law to preclude using state test scores for teacher evaluation at the behest of the powerful teacher unions. The Republican Governor says he wants to change the law , but he will confront a Democrat controlled legislature. California has huge remedial problems in its state colleges and California State University. Race to the top included college readiness as a funding criteria.