Race To Goals 2000?

Today is Race to the Top day.   The first round applications are due and the President is using that occasion to announce a budgetary expansion of the program.  But unless the new money is tied in a meaningful way to requirements for reform — and integrated more generally into ESEA — this is likely to evolve into a state slush fund.   Goals 2000 was hardly a failure, by the way, it laid the groundwork for states to get where they are on standards.  Rather, today the feds have a chance to be even more ambitious about the foundational pieces they require from states.

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