Powerful GOP Senator Tells Arne Duncan “Race to the Top extends too far into state’s public school systems”

So says Senator Richard Shelby:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The “Race to the Top” program extends the reach of the federal government too far into states’ public schools operations, a leading Republican senator said on Wednesday.

The Obama administration also risks neglecting poorer states by moving toward competitive education funding, Sen. Richard Shelby, the most powerful Republican on the Banking Committee, said at a hearing on education spending.

“I’m concerned that the scoring process for Race to the Top applications essentially mandates which interventions should be used by states and local school districts to improve student achievement,” Shelby said.

“The federal government, I believe, should give states the flexibility to implement critical reforms,” he added.

The pushback against school reform continues to pick up surprising allies.  As Shelby expressed concern for the nation’s public schools, it’s clear that all republican aren’t on board with the privatization radicals. Race to the Top and the reauthorization of NCLB are joined at the hip. Congressional opposition to both NCLB and RttT could effect state’s  like Florida where  reform bills rely so heavily on both legislation’s guidelines.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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