It’s not a surprise that CA was not funded in the first round. No one thought we would be. Superintendent Jack O’Connell said that when the state applied. But the sad reality is that we are again focusing on winners and losers. We should be racing to provide all our schools with the resources they need so ALL children can succeed.
The governor should be worried about the fact that he proposed a state budget that doesn’t provide enough support to education to even qualify for federal stimulus money. He wants a waiver from the federal government because his budget proposal for schools doesn’t meet the requirement for federal funds.
These are the real issues impacting our schools as evidenced by the thousands of protests that happened across the state on March 4. That’s why thousands of teachers, students and parents spoke out in protest of the more than $17 billion in cuts to our schools and colleges. Accountability is a two way street. The public is demanding accountability for the resources CA politicians allocate for our schools.
CA already has some of the toughest academic standards in the country, so many of the reforms that other states are striving to achieve have already been implemented here in CA and our schools are making steady progress – something U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan likes to ignore.
Less than half of California’s school districts actually signed onto the CA RTTT application. School districts are rightfully worried about having one-time money to implement the many requirements of RTTT, and how they are to sustain the efforts over time.
The state also passed legislation that had little to do with actual RTTT guidelines. No doubt that didn’t help the application.