Ed. Dept. Opposes Cutting Race to Top to Fund Education Jobs

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On Tuesday, a proposal was released that would take funding from Race to the Top in order to fund jobs in education; however, the U.S. Department of Education opposes the proposal, because it would cause budget cuts to other education reform programs, including an estimated $500 million would be cut from Race to the Top, and another $200 million would be cut from the Teacher Initiative Fund.

Race to the Top provides funding to states that are on track towards implementing more charter schools and improving low-income and low-performing schools. The Teacher Initiative Fund provides pay-for-performance programs. Pay-for-performance programs provide increased pay for schools and teachers that actively improve their students’ academic performance.

Although the U.S. Dept. of Education does not want other programs to be cut in order to provide money for keeping existing teachers’ jobs, the recent and widespread teacher layoffs nationwide have caused some representatives and organizations to feel that the proposed funding is important to education reform overall.

Education reform, including Race to the Top funding, is a fundamental part of our nation’s future. It will have a major impact on our economy and the overall quality of life for our nation’s citizens. While the debate persists about how education reform funding should be spent, it is vital that schools continue to provide the best education for children before, during, and after changes in our education system take place.

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Ed. Dept. Opposes Cutting Race to Top to Fund Edujobs
By Alyson Klein
The U.S. Department of Education is pushing back against a congressional plan to trim key priorities of the Obama administration—including the Race to the Top Fund and money for pay-for-performance programs and charter schools—to help cover the cost of a $10 billion effort to save education jobs.
The proposal, unveiled late Tuesday by Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, would skim $500 million from Race to the Top, the administration’s $4.35 billion signature education reform initiative, which was created last year under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

To read the full article: www.edweek.org

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