Category Archives: Race to the Top

>President Obama’s Weekly Address 2/19/11: To Win the Future, America Must Win the Global Competition in Education

>WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Obama said that the United States needs the best trained and best skilled workforce in the world to win the global competition for new jobs and industries. Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school. This is why his administration has made education a top priority, enacting reforms like “Race to the Top,” working to make college more affordable, revitalizing community colleges, and launching a nationwide initiative to connect graduates to the businesses that need their skills.

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>In Case You Missed It: N.J. officials did not provide missing numbers during Race to the Top presentation, video shows

>In cased you missed it, the U.S. Department of Education released a video yesterday of New Jersey’s Race to the Top presentation that was held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

It clearly show that New Jersey’s delegation was ill prepared and did not respond to questions that were asked of them in the correct fashion even after being given multiple opportunities to do so, which appears to contradict what Gov. Christie had been saying by blaming the Obama Administration for not calling him when they noticed a problem with the application.
The following video was posted at the Newark Star-Ledgers website last night:

Excerpt of N.J.’s Race to the Top interview shows officials with no budget answer

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>Hardball’s Unbelievable Big Number: Clerical Error Costs NJ

>How much loot did the Garden State miss out on because of they submitted the wrong budgetary numbers? Hardball’s Chris Matthews told eveyone on tonight’s edition of Hardball just how much – $400 Million!

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>N.J. loses bid for federal Race to the Top money

>Nice job the Governor did in helping to secure “Race to the Top” grant, if he tried any harder we may have come in 12th or 13th. What a shame!!


New Jersey lost its bid Tuesday for $400 million in federal Race to the Top grants for school reform — by a nose.

Judges ranked New Jersey number 11 but only the top 10 contestants got money. Its score of 437.8 out of 500 fell only three points short of Ohio’s winning plan.

Public finger-pointing began immediately as the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, blamed the loss on Governor Chris Christie’s last-minute rejection of the grant proposal negotiated by his education commissioner and union representatives.

Christie’s “irrational, ideological hatred of NJEA — which led him to throw his own commissioner of education under the school bus for cooperating, rather than conflicting, with NJEA — has led to utter failure, and the loss of desperately needed funds for our public schools,” union president Barbara Keshishian blasted to members online.

Christie spokeswoman Maria Comella countered that “if it’s a choice between choosing the children of New Jersey and capitulating to the status quo the governor will choose the children’s education every time.”

She also noted that an area where New Jersey’s score jumped 23 points since its failed first-round bid was the section on creating “great teachers and leaders.” That part included several of the key proposals the NJEA protested, such as individual merit pay and undercutting seniority rules by retaining the most effective teachers when budget cuts require layoffs….

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