The Times reports that New York education officials are dropping more than one ball on New Year’s eve this year. The state* wants school districts to get serious about honoring their commitments under Race to the Top or forfeit some funds.
What’s most surprising about the back and forth in New York over the evaluation question is that because of the structure of Race to the Top there is a clear record of key stakeholders agreeing to do this, it’s not just the application and proposals – we can go to the videotape! I’m surprised the NY media hasn’t been on this more because asking for changes to make the evaluation better is one thing but this is plainly just an effort to backslide on commitments made during the competition.
Update: No deal. Here’s a statement from the commissioner.
*BW has done work for NY but not on this evaluation issue.