The White House did not receive enough applicants in a contest it launched for schools to win a commencement address by President Obama so it extended the deadline and made the application process easier.
The contest, officially called “Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge,” invites schools to demonstrate how their school best prepares students for college and a career.
CBS News reports on an internal Feb. 22 White House memo that says only 14 schools had applied, and it asks recipients to "please keep the application number close hold."
The deadline was moved from Feb 25 to March 11.
A Feb. 28 memo then reported that there were 68 applications, compared with more than 1,000 schools in the 2010 contest. The memo says, according to CBS, “Something isn’t working,” and it urges White House staff to ask legislators and other public officials to encourage schools to apply.
Indeed, SOMETHING isn't working, Obama White House.
It's your education policy.