Friday, July 2, 2010

Chait on Race to the Top: Mission Accomplished!

In the middle of an overall suspect rant against David Obey TNR's Jonathan Chait throws out the following,

House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey proposes to fund money for saving teachers by cutting back funding for the Obama administration's wildly effective "Race to the Top" program, which provides incentives to states that reform their education policy.

By what measure is Race to the Top wildly successful? The purpose of Race to the Top is to incentivize liberal do-gooder reforms of our schools - and by that utterly superficial metric then I suppose it has been successful. But the program just began handing out grants in January. In less than six months time there is absolutely no way to determine that any of the reforms that state's imposed while chasing these dollars have actually improved public education in the United States.

And that's what all of these school reforms are about, isn't it?

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