Friday, January 15, 2010

"Race To the Top"

The Tennessee General Assembly has passed some semblance of an education reform bill:

Some Republicans had expressed concerns that instead of being the "Race to the Top" bill, the legislation was really the "Race to the Trough," with some legislators expressing concerns that the only reason that these needed reforms were being introduced now was because of the promise of tons of federal money-$485 million to be precise-should Tennessee win the competition for mass federal funding. Many of the proposed reforms were things that conservatives had pushed for years, and some even felt the proposals were watered down significantly because of the influence of the Tennessee Education Association (the teachers' union).

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