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?