Tribpedia: Race To The Top

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Race to the Top is a competitive federal grant program, offering one-time money to state education systems. In Texas, it became a flashpoint for states' rights issues when Gov. Rick Perry chose not to apply to the program.

The U.S. Department of Education built the program as a type of education stimulus — $4.35 billion worth of grants to ...

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Fourth and fifth grade students at the Austin Discovery School.
Fourth and fifth grade students at the Austin Discovery School.

In Texas' Schools, Perry Shuns Federal Influence

How the state's budget will affect Texas' public schools will be a cornerstone of Gov. Rick Perry’s legacy and could influence his fate as a presidential candidate. He is also likely to be remembered most for a far more public battle: staving off the federal government’s influence — and sometimes its dollars — from invading Texas classrooms. 

Texas Schools Contemplate Race to the Top Changes

The Obama administration’s 2012 education budget includes $900 million for the Race to the Top program. And this time around, there’s a twist: Individual districts — as opposed to states — can apply for the funds. For Texas districts, that could mean access to new federal money. It could also have them wading into a long-standing struggle between the state and the federal government over the implementation of national curriculum standards.

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott
Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott

Texas Wants Feds to Leave Local Schools Alone

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As Texas education officials predicted when objecting to federal Race to the Top grant rules, the feds may now be moving to tie billions more in federal funds to the adoption of national curriculum standards, according to an Education Week report.

Governor Rick Perry at the podium in his press conference room
Governor Rick Perry at the podium in his press conference room

States Echoing Texas on National Standards

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State school leaders from across the West are complaining of too much federal intrusion into local curriculum decisions, along with inflexible rules – including that national standards be adopted “word for word.”

Districts May Bypass State in Race to the Top

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The president announced he would ask Congress for an additional $1.35 billion for the Race to the Top education grant program — which Gov. Perry spurned last week — along with more flexibility in doling it out to individual districts. He also took a swipe at Texas.