September 2010 Your Turn

They may call it Race to the Top (RTTT), but more than three-quarters of you think that the Obama administration’s $4.35 billion competitive grants program is headed in a different direction.

“RTTT is full of government control and the promotion of charter schools,” wrote Lynn Smith, a superintendent from Alabama. “As a whole, charter schools have not proven to be the answer for underperforming public schools. States with innovative ideas and programs that have proven to work are penalized if their programs do not match the requirements or expectations of RTTT.”

Seventy-eight percent of you have big problems with RTTT, compared with just 5 percent who think it will help improve K-12 education. Six percent said you’re “on the fence” about the program, and 1 percent marked “none of the above.”

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