Round Two RTT Finalists: Some Cliff Notes from DE

Guest post courtesy of Paul Herdman, Rodel Foundation of Delaware Right now, 18 “round-two” states and DC are prepping for their high stakes interviews. They’re probably also breathing a collective sigh of relief that their applications are out the door, attending to fires left burning while they were working on their proposals, and catching up …

RTT

Only a few surprises in the RTT finalists announcement, here they all are:  AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, KY, LA, MD, MA, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, & SC. Takeaways:  Tough math, money won’t go so far with this group, you can see some patterns around Round 1 scores, and some …

RTT-Palooza!

In The Times David Brooks gushes over Race to the Top as a model for center-out government.   He’s largely right but there are two big outstanding questions on RTT that we won’t know the answers to for several years: First, how durable will the policy changes be?  Will states relax things when the money is …

Pre-K & RTT

This will be a good briefing on pre-K policy, innovation, and promise and RTT opportunities if you’re in D.C. next week.  These guys know what they’re doing.

RTT

Smart Tom Vander Ark post on where things stand with state Race to the Top.

RTT Scoring

Had some time to read through more of the Race to the Top reviewer comments today and the scoring itself.   I think there is a problem.  No, not the various conspiracy theories or the word parsing partisanship but the more mundane problem I discussed below:  You have some anomalies and outliers in the scoring as …

While You Were Away At RTT…

This could end up being a big education story:   DC Council Chair Gray is going to challenge Mayor Fenty in D.C. Education will be prominent and this one seems likely to get nationalized.   In other words, just when D.C. seemed to be making some progress on school improvement it’s going to become a football again.

RTT-Day Reax

So the Dep’t of Ed is confirming that DE and TN are the two Round 1 winners for RTT.   Quick reax:   Both states had good applications but also some areas of concern, still both are defensible choices.   When scoring info is released will be interesting to see why LA and FL fell short given the strength of …

RTT-Day

Just a few hours to go, and Smarick offers some RTT pre-buttal and handicapping.  Well-worth reading but I think he low balls the numbers a little — you could get to five from the current pool of applicants and still consider this a clear victory, if it’s a strong five.