Without charter schools, Kentucky is once again set up to miss out on Race to the Top funding.
The Obama administration announced today that it will release a third round of RttT cash. Kentucky and eight other states are eligible to compete for a $10 million to $50 million slice each of the third round’s $200 million pie — much smaller than the first two phases totaling $4.35 billion.
But state education officials are questioning whether to participate, since the results will likely be the same again. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported today that Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross said: “If charters remain a key requirement in the third round, it might not be beneficial for Kentucky to apply.”
Probably not, considering every single one of the other eligible states —
Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina — allow charter schools.
States that won RttT funding in the first two rounds also allow charter schools: Delaware ($100 million), Florida ($700 million), Georgia ($400 million), Hawaii ($75 million), Maryland ($250 million), Massachusetts ($250 million), New York ($700 million), North Carolina ($400 million), Ohio ($400 million), Rhode Island ($75 million) and Tennessee ($500 million).
Whatever gave it away that Kentucky would probably not get additional funding since it still doesn’t allow charter schools within its borders?
Whatever gave it away? Whatever could it be?