No Love From Arne & Barack

If one thing's clear over the past four years, it's that Arne and Barack don't love them some Chicago Public Schools.

Either that, or CPS, CTU, and ISBE just can't get their act together.  The joint "Race to the Top" application from CPS and CTU was not among the 61 finalists named by the USDE a few days ago. The Obama administration has declined to give the state any of the initial Race to the Top funding, or even to award an NCLB waiver. The only thing that takes some of the sting off of this latest rejection is that at least CPS and CTU agreed to apply -- several big cities like LA and NYC didn't get that far -- and that a charter network didn't make it to the finals -- as happened in LA with Green Dot. But, WTF?  Is this Arne's fault, or are CPS and ISBE doing it wrong?

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  • I have often felt that in the grand scheme of things.....Chicago, and Illinois as a whole are going to be dead last in every single benefit and program coming out of Washington for two main reasons:

    A) Nobody wants to be accused of a favored status because our President rose to political prominence in Chicago and Illinois

    B) It wouldn't look good for our President to come from a state that was "needy" and not top of the heap in all endeavors. In other words, it would call into question what he did or did not do for the constituency while representing the State as a Senator, for example.

  • "...it would call into question what he did or did not do for the constituency while representing the State as a Senator..."

    That was before my time. WHAT is Obama's legacy on the education (and related) front in Springfield and on Capital Hill?

  • someone at the USDE pointed out to me that ISBE did get $42M in round three funding for race to the top -- for more information go here

    http://www.isbe.state.il.us/racetothetop/default.htm

  • Five More States [CO IL NM OR WI] get RTT-early learning $$ @edpresssec http://ow.ly/fTcV3

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