House Democrats have attached a provision to a war financing bill that would spend $10 billion to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs, paying for it, in part, with cuts to Education Department programs previously financed by last year’s stimulus bill. One program facing trims would be Race to the Top, the competition that rewards states promising to create more charter schools and carry out other initiatives. The department has been planning to give $3.4 billion to winners this year, but the jobs provision would reduce that to $2.9 billion.
So after changing state law and tying teacher evaluations to test scores, raising the charter cap and doing all the other "reforms" the administration and Bill Gates wanted (including spending millions on "data systems" to track test scores), NY State may actually get less money than anticipated.
That's if NY State actually gets any money at all.
Remember, if Arne and Obama decide no, then it's no.
Gee, what a great deal.
This is why the UFT and the NYSUT needed to combat all the clamor over RttT by pointing out that the money was a one time thing, that it could not be used to stem layoffs, and that the "reforms" needed to win the grant competition could actually cost more than the grant award.
But the UFT and the NYSUT didn't do that.
Instead they let Obama and Duncan and the eduwankers and hedge fund managers funding all the ads on NY1 frame the debate.
Now it looks like states, including NY, could get less money than they thought anyway.
Does that mean teachers get evaluated a little less by test scores?