We're lost again. California didn't qualify for the first round of President Obama's "Race to the Top" grant fund for schools.
We were rejected transparently, and won't see any of the newly minted $4 billion set aside to effectively transform the public school system in California. Apparently, the states that won this money provided "ambitious yet achievable, coherent, compelling and comprehensive reforms that would transform their schools for decades to come."
I went to the website to review California's application. I waited after clicking on the link. Then I was met with this message: "File damaged. Could not be repaired."
That about says it all.
As a California teacher I lament the loss of a great deal of money. As a San Francisco teacher I realize we never really had a chance. Some of the criteria for receiving big money is that states show leadership reforms not only in improved standards and assessments, but in the development and retention of effective teachers. A lofty goal, that California -- particularly San Francisco -- was doing until recently.