Education Week reports (subscription) that only 40 states applied for Race to the Top funding from the federal government.
Reasons for not applying varied, but a general theme for many of the 10 states was not wanting federal intrusion into state operations, whether that involved mandating education policies that might not work or a general dislike of federal interference in a states’ rights area.
Kentucky, of course, is lined up at the trough, though its submission is anything but a shoe-in.
Aside from not having any charter schools, Kentucky also has its fouled up MUNIS financial accounting system. Race to the Top is supposed to require a lot of fiscal accountability, and that will be hard to provide unless MUNIS gets fixed quickly.