New Jersey will be submitting a second grant application for federal Race To The Top dollars. I would like to implore the NJEA to support the state's resubmission. The union's support will open the door to hundreds of millions of federal dollars flowing to our schools.Schundler explains that he wants to address teachers’ fears that the accountability requirements of RTTT – measuring instructor effectiveness in the classroom – will lead to unfair testing. He proceeds through a careful description of growth models and defends Obama’s insistence on measurement.
Our New Jersey schools need this money. Moreover, the Obama administration has signaled that, going forward, an increasingly large share of federal education dollars will be tied to the very same requirements. If the NJEA holds fast to its current position, not just hundreds of millions of dollars, but ultimately billions of federal education dollars, could end up going elsewhere.
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