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Obama Pushes to Extend Education Stimulus Prizes


January 20, 2010 By

As the deadline for the first round of Race to the Top funds loomed on Jan. 19, President Barack Obama announced his plans to continue the program next year.

In his fiscal 2011 budget, which will probably be turned in next month, he proposes $1.35 billion for the competition, which he says will give states more time and incentives to improve education.

"We want to challenge everyone -- parents, teachers, school administrators -- to raise standards by having the best teachers and principals, by tying student achievement to assessments of teachers, by making sure there's a focus on low-performing schools, by making sure our students are prepared for success in a competitive 21st-century economy and workplace," Obama said.

The $4.35 billion race, authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, rewards states that improve student achievement. School districts could also be eligible to win a share of the federal education grants if the race continues next year.

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Greg Trangmoe    |    Commented January 22, 2010

this is yet another program designed to throw money at underacheiving students at the expense of the kids that actually want to learn. Until we accept that not all kids learn at the same rate we're going to keep producing a mix of underacheiving slackers and unwilling charity cases.

Greg Trangmoe    |    Commented January 22, 2010

this is yet another program designed to throw money at underacheiving students at the expense of the kids that actually want to learn. Until we accept that not all kids learn at the same rate we're going to keep producing a mix of underacheiving slackers and unwilling charity cases.

Greg Trangmoe    |    Commented January 22, 2010

this is yet another program designed to throw money at underacheiving students at the expense of the kids that actually want to learn. Until we accept that not all kids learn at the same rate we're going to keep producing a mix of underacheiving slackers and unwilling charity cases.


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