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Maura Walz, reporter at Gotham Schools.org, and Lisa Fleisher, statehouse bureau reporter for the Star-Ledger, discuss why New York will get $700 million in federal "Race to the Top" education funds, while New Jersey lost out.
Christians are not anti-science, the universities were started by the Christians.
More data collection and analysis. More pressure on teachers for standardized test scores. Fewer resources. More bureaucracy. I need a new job. I need a new job!! I NEED A NEW JOB.
Christie is a total hypocrite. Had he lost the election, he'd be out there ranting about the incompetence of government bureaucrats. Suck it up, crybaby, and move on.
Competitive grants is apart of the public funding. NCLB has a mix of formula and competitive money. NSF also has competitive mechanism.
It sounds to me like this money is going to be wasted on tests, surveys, studies, hiring consultants to give advice. How about providing better books and school supplies ? Building new schools to alleviate crowding ? Provide foreign language instruction beginning in elementary school rather than waiting until junior high or high school.
To the caller that just said under Bush's No Child Left Behind every state was eligible: Wasn't that an unfunded mandate? Every state had to comply and no money was given to do it.
Please address how this money represents a paradigm shift in education. I am a parent who came into the system 12 years ago. I currently have four children in NYC public schools. Before mayoral control when my two older children were in elementary school, the teaching model in our school was an enrichment model with attention to skill building contextualized within the curriculum.
I worry that my two younger children, who attend the same elementary school that their older siblings attended, are destined to be products of the drill and kill model. I cannot even keep track of all the testing, assessments and standards data gathering that they are subjected to (even with Aris).
It does seem that the tests take precedence in the schedule over all other instructional time, including IEP mandated services. Special education teachers are not always able to see their mandated students when they are needed for testing.
I agree with Erhard. This doesn't past the smell test. Was NJ trying to pull a fast one? No doubt.
It's standard practice in evaluating grants to make sure that the "I"s are dotted and the "T"s are crossed. This is an indicator as to organizational competence.
But there were bigger problems with the state's application. Race to the Top winners by and large were successful because they demonstrated a political/policy coalition for carrying out the reforms Race to the Top requested and the state applications promised.
Gov. Christie's "slash and burn" approach to his first six months - combined with NJ's historic failure to transcend home rule divisions - is what sunk the application.
So, NJ didn't proofread their application? They deserve what they didn't get.
It's so odd, that the declared and legitimate purposes of the "race to the top" have almost nothing to do with what the press and spokespeople for the competitors are talking about. Maybe that's why the decision making seems more about trickery than strategy.
The purposes were not supposed to have anything to do with giving a boost to states doing the best, but to give a boost to states with the most promising experiments others might learn from. The idea was to raise all boats by an efficient means, not play favorites.
Maybe the failure of our education system is demonstrated in that apparent misunderstanding too...
NJ's mistake is exactly what you get with Smaller Government.
As population keeps growing and the "haves" keep screaming for smaller govt, there will be much more of this kinda stuff.
NJ's continued under-education is no big deal, but let's hope that it doesn't get to the point where it costs lives.
Brian, could you please ask if whether New Jersey was trying to gain an unfair advantage by submitting 2010-2011 data instead of the required 2007,2008 budget data
"Pick up the phone" ? -Republican's are absolute in the oppostion to special favors... until they need one.
Had he gotten that phone call and had a chance to fix the numbers, then the state that beat out NJ would cry foul.
Christie and his staff should have gotten a better education, and maybe they wouldn't have made such a glaring mistake. Maybe they should've considered a school outside NJ.
Christie blew it. He should just suck it up and move on. Isn't that what republicans keep telling the rest of us to do? Where's the personal responsibility?
NY still pays out a lot more to other states. why?
Gov. Christie's bellyaching is too hypocritical.
As Assembly Speaker Oliver said, “We don’t do that in our own state, allow special dispensation for people who made a mistake when applying. If in our own process there are no do-overs, how can we want one from Washington?”
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