States are responding to “Race to the Top” in different ways. Leading states are thinking about big ideas they can build an application around. States like CA and MI are passing legislation to get in position to compete. And some states are not doing much, presumably reading the draft guidance and deciding it’s hopeless. But in New York, which is hamstrung by a few policies that are at odds with core parts of RTT, it looks like a new strategy is emerging. With the Hoyt bill under attack and bottled up, the blame game for why New York may not get a big piece of the money is starting. Although New York could address its data firewall on teacher-student data and make a few other changes an be in good position, instead right now the inside game seems to be blame the charters for not pulling their weight.