Monday, December 15, 2014

Goodbye To Race To The Top

It's Monday, but this should make you smile:

Opponents of Common Core standards for K-12 students will be happy that the fiscal 2015 budget bill Congress is expected to send to President Barack Obama by Monday morning would defund the administration's Race to the Top program.

It's official, folks.

Barack Obama is a lame duck, Arne Duncan's political juice has dried up and outgoing NYSED Commissioner John King sure isn't going to change any of that.

While the defunding of RttT doesn't change much of the educational insanity we have in New York courtesy of Andrew Cuomo and Merryl Tisch, it is one more reminder that as bad as things look in public education, there's sometimes a little something to make you smile.

And I gotta tell you, nothing makes me smile as much as hearing that Barack Obama's signature education reform program has just lost its funding.

16 comments:

  1. No more RTT means that states MAY choose to roll back any changes made to teacher evaluations. Fat chance of that happening in New York State though.

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    1. Fat chance is right. Tisch, Cuomo and their hedgefund minions will do anything to profit from NY Schools while ruining it for students, families and teachers

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  2. For a state which is allegedly as cutting edge progressive and state-of-the-art as New York,we are pretty mired in bureaucratic ennui and entropy. That ought to explain a lot

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    1. You know, when I think of Albany, the phrase "cutting edge" never comes to mind.

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  3. I wonder if any of this is starting to sink in for Little John King, That his school is being closed and he's being warehoused like a kid with special needs whose charter school has figured out a way to unload him.

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    1. Probably not. Delusion characterizes these deformers at all levels. Self-delusion, professional delusion, etc.

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  4. I hope that New Yorkers fully understand that under Cuomo, Tisch and King John three quarters of a billion dollars has been squandered while making no difference in the lives of children--or measured educational outcomes. We have suffered under pathetic, petty, and heavily politicized state leadership. We cannot get rid of Cuomo (unless Bharara indicts) but great pressure should be placed upon legislators to oust Tisch!

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    1. I don't think Tisch is going anywhere. Not with Silver in power. They're big pals.

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  5. Fat chance! She's friends with Shelly Silver and since Cuomo is a republican....FAT CHANCE....and with the UFT and NYSUT in bed with all of these shmucks...the doyenne stays.

    Face it, until people start voting, these morons will stay!

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    1. I think that's right - until pressure is put on the pols and they are made to pay a political price, nothing is going to happen.

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  6. Wow, no more bonus checks from the Feds...what ever will the states do now.....can't wait to see the free fall....

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    1. The money runs out in June in NY State. That means Cuomo and the Legislature have to pony up for it - CCSS, the testing, etc. And the jive about having to keep evals the way they are, etc. no longer passes the smell test - feds have no say anymore. NCLB waivers maybe, but not RttT...

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